Inclusion is recognizing that all of us were created equally by God. We are all the same even if we are essentially different. We are all human with different abilities and strengths. At the same time, it means allowing all humans their God given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. No man or government created by men can deny another’s right to this. I am inclusive by nature, and this is my God given talent. I like to bring people into my circle but at the same time, as humans, others like to belong to a particular group or crowd and this is okay.
In 1955, Rosa Parks fought for inclusion. She had gotten on a bus, and sat in the first seat she found. The authorities tried to make her move to the back of the bus, because at the time, black people had to move to the back of the bus. Things were segregated. People of color were discriminated against. God created us equal. Man or woman. We are made in his image.
Today, children are denied the right to advancement. All children benefit when we teach the basic skills of reading and writing. Without these, futures are stunted and dreams go unfulfilled. And they will be denied or excluded to full participation into society.
With that, I go on to read an excerpt of the book Can I Join Your Club? It teaches children about inclusion and acceptance. And when life throws you lemons make lemonade.