Upcoming Virtual Event: Celebrate the launch of HOW WE CAN LIVE!

Join author Laleña Garcia and illustrator Caryn Davidson in conversation with Cicley Gay, Board Chair of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET.

In this lively virtual discussion, they will delve into the principles of Black Lives Matter and how to use How We Can Live with young readers and beyond.

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT
Duration: 1 Hour (hosted via Zoom Webinar)
How to Join: Register here.


When the Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013, the three founders anchored its work in a list of guiding principles, developed through conversation with other activists. Now young people can explore these powerful principles in the first children’s picture book to include material from the founders’ organization, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

Created by two teachers with more than thirty-five years of educational experience between them, How We Can Live got its start as an activity book called What We Believe. These books feature the guiding principles in down-to-earth, child-friendly language and questions on every spread encourage discussion of and reflection on the principles.

★”Exceptionally well-written, it offers many opportunities to further the discussion of BLM without focusing on violence but instead instilling hope. An important message for all young people, this is approachable but profound in its message, and a welcome addition to any elementary library.” —School Library Journal, starred review

Registration is free, but space is limited so sign up today!

If you can’t join live, you can still register to receive a link to the recording after the webinar takes place.

About the Speakers

Laleña Garcia has been teaching children in New York City since 2000, and educators across the country since 2017. How We Can Live grew out of her work with Black Lives Matter at School, a coalition of educators and parents striving for racial justice in education. A graduate of Yale University and Bank Street College of Education, she lives in Brooklyn. Keep up with her online at rootedkids.org and on Instagram at @blm_in_kindergarten.

Caryn Davidson studied Anthropology and Visual Art at Brown University and received her MA in Arts Education from NYU. Since the start of her career in education in 2004, she has founded and developed the arts programs at three public schools in New York City, and led initiatives to promote culturally relevant pedagogy and socially just practices within those school communities. She now teaches art at the high school level in Brooklyn, NY, where she also lives. She is a Steering Committee member of the Black Lives Matter at NYC Schools organizing group and a designer for the national Black Lives Matter at Schools movement. Visit her website at caryndavidson.com and on Instagram at @caryn_arts.

Cicley Gay brings 20 years of nonprofit and philanthropic experience to her role as founder of The Amplifiers, a social enterprise standing at the intersection of cause and communications and Board Chairwoman of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. She is a former recipient of the Catalyst Award from the Global Center for Social Change through Women’s Leadership, was recognized as one of Georgia’s 40 Under 40 in 2017 and awarded a SPANX Red Backpack grant for Women’s Entrepreneurship. Her greatest accomplishment was winning “Mom of the Year ” as a single stage, football and lacrosse mom to three sons. Cicley often says, “I spent decades intentionally preparing my sons for the world, I am now committed to also preparing the world for my sons.”