ColorFull: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us

From the time kiddos start saying words, we teach them colors. Shoot, when my oldest got his colors down, I thought I had a little Einstein on my hands. Bless my first time mama’s heart.

Since we love colors and they surround us, why do we struggle with and avoid conversations about our skin color or race?

(Two decades of leading a multiracial faith community speaking here ) — I think many of us avoid & struggle with race conversation because it’s uncomfortable. It stirs up painful images of a brokenness we think is in the past. It’s a challenge to our know-it-all-or-google-it society.

So we shush our kids questions about other people’s race. We teach them to be “colorblind”. We leave their God-given curiosity open for ignorant and damaging views to fill. We tell ourselves we don’t see color.

Remember when Whitney Houston burst on the scene singing,

“I believe the children are our future; teach them well and let them lead the way.”

Amen Whit! I think it’s an incredibly ripe time to teach kids and adults something better than ignorance, colorblindness or apathy. As a mom, I believe if we do nothing else, we must invest in our children. Seeds planted in their hearts will bear fruit long after we are gone. And have I got some precious seed for you!

ColorFull is my first literary baby and the message is this: Be fully aware of the colors God made! Trees, plants, animals, and especially people – all these are created intentionally with color. See it. Celebrate it! Why be colorblind when we can be ColorFull instead!

A beautiful tool that I can use to combat her own experience of discrimination and teach her sympathy for others. In ColorFull, Imani, Kayla, and Christopher learn about colors through playtime activities and a wise Granny Mac who leads the conversation into skin color. Essentially, the message is that all skin colors were chosen by God in his wisdom and love. All are equally loved by their Creator. Rather than trying to be colorblind, we can choose to celebrate the different skin colors we have. Read full review >>
Beauty in the Binding
From the time they begin to form words, toddlers are taught about colors around them. So why do we adopt “colorblind” rhetoric only around skin color? I think it’s an awkward topic many are unaccustomed to conversing about. Unfortunately, the gap left from silence will get filled with harmful philosophies that reinforce bias if we don’t intentionally teach God’s truth. Racial differences are a visible part of our identity. Colorblindness diminishes the glory of God because he made every person wonderfully (Psa. 139:14). So teaching children to see other people’s color as something to celebrate honors the truth that we all are made in the image of God (Gen 1:27)! ColorFull models how to find teachable moments to reinforce how God made us full of color.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
The most beautiful part of this for me was after I read this to my three-year-old son, he jumped up excitedly and told me, “Yeah! My skin is chocolate!” Dorena Williamson’s book has already given my son language to talk about his unique skin color as the son of an Indian woman and a Latino man, and it is language filled with pride and joy. His skin color is not a point of shame, but something to celebrate. And I’m grateful for the influence that Dorena’s book has played in this conception. Read full review>>
The Art of Taleh