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Clayton mom starts group to connect with African-American families, homeschoolers

Posted March 9, 2014

Sabrina Williams and her family moved to the Triangle from the Washington, D.C., area last summer. Even before Williams' new home in Clayton was complete in October, she already was busy creating a new network of friends for herself, her husband and her two kids, who are homeschooled.

Williams started Black Families of the Southern Raleigh Suburbs on Meetup in an effort to reach out to other families like hers. While her friends and family have always been diverse, Williams said it's important for her kids and family to connect with others who have the same experiences and culture. She said she was having trouble finding other black families to get to know. 

In just a few months after launching the site, nearly 40 families have joined the group. They gather for social events, including park days, potlucks, cook outs and more.

"It's really great to connect with other families who are similarly situated and have similar experiences," said Williams, who spent years working in the corporate world before leaving to homeschool her kids, ages 8 and 10. "It's been a really great avenue."

By coincidence, several of the families homeschool their kids. Williams was thrilled to meet up with other African-American homeschoolers especially considering that less than 1 percent of African-American children are homeschooled, according to the federal Digest of Education Statistics. That number is growing, according to the National Home Education Research Institute, which has found that 15 percent of homeschool families are non-white.

Williams' group has been able to get together during the week for activities and to talk about curriculum, such as finding social studies or science texts that highlight the achievements of African-American leaders and scientists.

"We're raising our kids in a very expansive, progressive mindset, but at the end of the day, race does matter in this country," she said. "It's nice for them to see other African-American homeschoolers."

Williams doesn't have big plans for the group right now. As the weather warms up, she expects the group will get busier with outdoor activities.

"My vision is once a week, we get together, all of the kids play and the moms talk and we have a really great time," she said.

For more about the group, check out its page on Meetup and watch my quick video interview with Williams.

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  • shane4 Mar 12, 2014

    Hypocritical black twits can tweet about this initiative on black twitter.

  • umop apisdn Mar 11, 2014

    Just to be clear I don't have a problem specifically with a racial only group or club. I do, however, have a problem with the double standard that says it's a hate crime for whites, fine for anyone else.

  • Sunshine25 Mar 11, 2014

    I'm sad that in 2014 that we are still starting groups to connect with one specific type of race/ethnicity. As a homeschooling mother I would want my children to be exposed to children and families of all different races and ethnicities. Even different religions, types of families, etc. This would create a generation of more open-minded individuals rather than a future of those only seeing black and white. Sad that WRAL is supporting what I consider a rather race exclusive group. Would this be news if it was a mom trying to connect with Caucasian families? We can't keep to continue to support segregation if we have intentions to move forward.

  • Imma Annoid Mar 11, 2014
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    The only people that advocate for black only organizations are those who also advocate for affirmative action. Usually sociologists with no real understanding of human psychology.

    Let her have her "black only" club; in the long run she'll only be hurting her own children.

  • Oct Mar 11, 2014

    What are we doing, setting up segregation in home schooling? How backward can we go?

  • umop apisdn Mar 10, 2014

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    Fine, how about "White Families of North Raleigh"? Rev Barber would be all over it and protesting.

    She wants a group with her own people, she wants to be segregated. You can't have it both ways. They want to be with whites when it's beneficial (real or not as in the school system) but not in a social setting. If you're white and express this, you're labeled a racist.

  • umop apisdn Mar 10, 2014

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    50 years ago sure, in 2014 nope.

  • mys1983 Mar 10, 2014

    I'm sure this was done because she would be considered a minority. AA are still a minority, so what is wrong with wanting for that particular group. I you want to do something that is white only then do it, no one is stopping you. And if it is looked at as racist, then its no different then how you view this lady. If you don't like it don't join and start your own...

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 10, 2014

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    You're actually right, and I find a good number of black people to be very racist.

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 10, 2014

    Do you guys mind if I start a 'whites only' family group?

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