FIRESIDE CHAT WITH THE PIERCE TWINS
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Kyra and Phallon Pierce are 8th-grade identical twins and known as "The Pierce Twins." They are honor students, creative artists, and athletes who also love to read. They were recently featured on the news after discovering a book on their school summer reading list entitled "And Then There Were None", by Agatha Christie, was originally named "Ten Little N*****s". The book was later changed to its current name. They noticed this immediately upon researching the book. In addition to the original title, they learned there was a racist nursery rhyme that was a significant plot point. This did not sit well with them and sparked a need to remove bigoted and offensive books from their school's summer reading lists. This issue has inspired them to do more as they see the lack of diversity, specifically African-American authors on summer reading lists, elementary and middle school literature courses, and school libraries. They created an age-appropriate diverse book list for young readers, and want to take their mission to help a broader audience. Students of all races should be exposed to various authors and experiences to help them learn and connect to others. Books that promote positive self-esteem, anti-racist, anti-bullying, social justice themes, and contributions of African Americans along with other people of color, should be shared and embraced. This will also help kids be more tolerant, inclusive, accepting, and appreciative of others. Theybelieve this exposure will help young readers today be stronger leaders now and in the future.
To help them continue change, think of donating to their non-profit Positive Change Charities Inc. Fundraiser for Positive Change Charities Inc by Kyra And Phallon Pierce : The Pierce Twins: Kids working for social equity (gofundme.com)