Freeman Hrabowski

'Awesome' times three: A kid meets a local hero

'Awesome' times three: A kid meets a local hero

As parents of black children, we are constantly looking for ways to make sure our three littles know about the people throughout history – the heroes and sheroes – who look like they do.

Although all our nation’s great men and women are worthy of study and will be celebrated in our home, it’s important to us that we specifically point out and uplift those whose backgrounds and brown skin most resemble theirs. We do that because we know that representation matters.

Take the time that our now-5-year-old was in pre-kindergarten and learned, during Black History Month, that Mae Jemison was a doctor, an astronaut and an engineer. She came home that day exclaiming, “And I want to be...