Apr 5, 2022
Happy Ramadan to all of our Muslim brothers and sisters!
If you are not Muslim, perhaps you’ve seen Ramadan listed as holiday on your calendar but don’t really know what it’s all about. Well, here at First Name Basis, we believe the best way to learn about traditions, beliefs and people that are unfamiliar to you is to get on a first name basis with members of that community, so my friend Felicity LeFevre is on the podcast this week to help us learn more!
Ramadan is the Muslim holy month of fasting, which started this year on April 2 and continues until May 1. And while my conversation will leave you with additional insight into why this is such an important holiday to our Muslim friends, this interview goes beyond that to tackle Islamaphobia, which continues to be a disturbing problem throughout the world.
In this episode, you will learn:
Felicity is Muslim, an artist, a teacher, an illustrator and mother of six children. She was a classroom teacher for 18 years and has taught prekindergarten, kindergarten and high school art. She is passionate about creating education resources and loves to share those resources with teachers around the world. Felicity also recently had her first illustrated book published, “I Can Achieve Anything” by MoNique Waters, and hopes to continue to create books that can positively impact children.
I hope you’ll take time to listen and come up with an action plan for what you will do to be in solidarity with the Muslim members of your community.
Parents have been asking for a practical, interactive way to implement the anti-racist strategies that I lay out in the First Name Basis Podcast, so I created Ally Elementary — and registration is now open! And we’re also excited to announce that we will be launching our new program, Ally Elementary Jr., for kids in preschool through second grade at the same time.
During this five-week program parents will work together with their children to create a culture of anti-racism in their home, and I will be there to guide them every step of the way. We will use hands-on activities to teach our children about everything from the untold story of how race was created to how they can disrupt racism in their everyday lives. I am so excited to watch the families in our community make a meaningful transformation and improve their communities through anti-racist action.
Click here to access the coupon code, just be sure to use it before 11:59pm on April 5th
Click here to register for Ally Elementary (3rd-8th graders).
Click here to register for Ally Elementary Jr. (preschool-2nd graders).
Don’t wait to register! Registration closes on Friday, April 8th!
Articles, Studies, & Podcasts Referenced in the Episode
Felicity LeFevre’s Instagram account
Felicity LeFevre’s Instagram account @palettebyfelicity
Felicity LeFevre’s Teachers Pay Teachers site
“I Can Achieve Anything” by MoNique Waters and illustrated by Felicity LeFevre
First Name Basis Bookshop: Featuring Muslim Characters Bookshelf
Monique Waters’ Instagram @itsmoniquesworld
Women's History Biography Poster & Coloring Book from Felicity’s Teachers Pay Teachers
Example letters that parents and teachers can use to communicate about Ramadan by the Muslim Educators Collective
Song Credit: “Sleeper” by Steve Adams” and “Dive Down” by VYEN