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Building Empathy among 2 Million Kids in the USA

 

“When I think of a lot of things going on in the world right now, I think a lack of empathy is really the root of most of these issues.” - Dubie

"My hope is that children everywhere will see every character as a child or a human being before a demographic that society will ascribe on to them and the negative connotation that comes with it." - Sam

 

Project

Amina is a little girl who lives in a city called Minneapolis with her mom, dad, and baby brother, Alfie. Amina is a very happy girl. She loves her family and mathematics.

 

But recently things have changed at school. Some of her schoolmates have started to say and do mean things to Amina and some of her friends because they are different. It has been making Amina very sad.

 

Luckily, Amina has a mom who reminds her that she and her friends are wonderful, just as they are.

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Characters

Amina

Amina spends most of her time hanging out with her little brother, Alfie. When she is not with Alfie, she is learning about mathematics and history with her mom. She enjoys visiting her dad at work to watch his performances. She always looks out of the window at the puffy white clouds when her mom drives her to school. She is happiest when the people around her feel safe and happy.

Amina's Mommy

Amina’s mom is a teacher. She teaches mathematics at a high school in Minneapolis. She loves to spend time with her family by

playing with Amina, cuddling with baby Alfie, or visiting her husband at work. She always reminds Amina that no matter what is happening in the world, she is loved.

Amina's Daddy

Amina’s dad works at the Penumbra Theatre. He works backstage to make sure that things run smoothly. Sometimes Mom, Amina and Alfie go to watch his plays. When they visit, he peeks out from behind the stage and waves at them, with his big headphones on.

Alfie

Alfie is the baby of the family.  He enjoys spending time with his big sister, Amina and their parents. He loves it when his big sister tickles him so he laughs and laughs until his tummy hurts.

 

Team

Dubie Toa-Kwapong

My name is Dubie. I was born and raised in Norway with roots in Ghana and England. When Adom approached me about creating a book to address the post-election vitriol affecting minority background children, I was excited. We hope it will remind young people that they are not alone. We want to provide examples of people who have shown vulnerability and resilience in the face of prejudice, but have not been reduced by it. A reminder that our differences are not points of division, but rather seeds of togetherness.

Samuel Fleming

My name is Samuel Fleming. I am an artist born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. I have been drawing since I was 2 years old. Creativity and trying new things have always been a core part of my identity; From building basketball-themed apps, Dunnk, in the IOS app store to creating my own clothing brand-Phillip Park.The subject matter of my work is that of black America in both realistic and grotesque styles. For this book, I want to use artwork in this book as a way to see a person as a human being first instead of a particular demographic.

 

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