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Dads Read: Womxn's History

  • Marina Library 188 Seaside Avenue Marina, CA, 93933 United States (map)

Dads Read: Womxn's History

Sponsored by The Friends of the Marina Library. One month isn’t enough time to explore the wide range of stories that exist but we intend to try!

At the beginning of the The Friends of the Marina Library's Little Kids Block Party (starts at 10am and ends at 11:30am) local dad, Maurice McAllister, Sr. from Families of Color Monterey County and Dads of Monterey County will be reading a few specially selected books celebrating womxn and girls of color.

Maurice McAllister, Sr. was born and raised in Seaside. He has three children: Maurice, Jr. (8); Jemad (3); and Harmonie (1). He enjoys music, playing basketball, and spending time with his children. He coaches his oldest child's football team, Seaside Raiders Youth Football and plays drums for his church, New Hope Baptist. Womxn’s history month is very important and dear to him because he was raised by his grandma. She took him and his two sisters into her care when they were 5, 3, and 2. She worked 8-10 hour days and sometimes 6 days a week but she always made sure to read books to them before they went to bed. "Womxn’s history month has special meaning to me because of her," he said.

Representation in Literature

Representation in literature is essential for children of all races. For children of color, seeing themselves reflected in the books they read is crucial. When they fail to see themselves in books, they internalize the message that society devalues and erases them, and it can negatively affect their self-esteem. For white children, having books that accurately reflect the world around them helps to build empathy for people that are different from them, and helps open up discussions about race and oppression.
— The Children’s Book World Is Still Racially Biased

Interested in being the featured dad at Dads Read?

Earlier Event: March 4
March's Balance Bike Clinic
Later Event: March 16
Family Night Ride