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Black Children’s Book Takes Police Brutality Head On

By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: Jennifer Zivoin/Magination Press

An children’s book publishing imprint of the American Psychological Association (APA) has released a publication that every black parent in America needs to read to their child in today’s America.

According to a recent report published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, the APA’s Magination Press children’s book imprint has released Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice earlier this spring. The book arrives at a time when black families across America are still reeling from police-related killings of unarmed black men.

This book was written by women who are child psychologists, longtime friends, and loyal colleagues. Dr. Marietta Collins, Dr. Marianne Celano and Dr. Ann Hazzard are the three authors of this eye-opening children’s book, which delves into racial injustices, such as police brutality in a realistic way that children need to understand.

Far too often, parents give sanitized versions of what goes on in the world to their children after a hotly-debated tragedy is over-publicized by the national media. Something Happened in Our Town was supposed to have a late summer 2018 release. However, another state-sponsored murder of an unarmed black man in Sacramento, California changed that.

On March 18, 2018, 22-year-old Stephen Clark was fatally shot by two rouge members of the Sacramento Police Department eight times, including six shots in his back. Clark did not have a weapon and appeared to be cooperating with the officers before being killed in a hail of gunfire.

This tragic incident inspired the APA to release Something Happened in Our Town well ahead of schedule. The book partially reads as follows:

After school, Emma asked her mother: “Why did the police shoot that man?” “It was a mistake,” said her mother. “I feel sad for the man and his family.” “Yes, the police thought he had a gun,” said her father. “It wasn’t a mistake,” said her sister, Liz. “The cops shot him because he was Black.” (Magination Press)


As a black parent, you are obligated to be honest with your children about the poor state of race relations in America by exposing them to literature and other educational material, which empowers them with knowledge about how to overcome injustice in their own lives. Buy this new children’s book here.

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