All 5th Grade Girls Except Mavis

I went to a little 2-room country school in MN. There were 3 black kids in our school. Mavis was in 5th grade with me. My parents threw a surprise party for me and invited all the 5th grade girls except Mavis. I remember being angry and sad that she was left out, and I knew it was because of her skin color. I didn’t know how to apologize to her. Mavis, wherever you are, ” I am sorry.”
-Pehobe Ruona


View Pehobe Ruona’s Race Card @The Race Card Project Minneapolis

Michele Norris is the host of NPR’s All Things Considered and the author of The Grace of Silence.

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