Historically, when black people have fought for a more democratic society, the lives of all people have improved and, conversely, each time barriers to black people’s potential have been erected, our whole society has suffered. This resolution makes the unequivocal declaration from the School Board that the lives of our black students matter, as well as the lives of all of our students of color. It also encourages participation district-wide in the Black Lives Matter At School Week from February 5-9. This week is being recognized by educators nationwide as an opportunity to promote racial justice and identity safety in classrooms.
Black Lives Matter.
Affirmation and understanding should go beyond one day, one week, one month. It should be happening all of the time
Center Black voices in your classroom.
Recognize that if you are a white person, you are limited in what you understand about being black.
Focus on empowerment.
Go beyond the everyday heroes.
Don’t just focus on slavery.
This week read with us: "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid, Rest in Power by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeyanga Yamahtta-Taylor, Poems by Warsan Shire #BlackLivesMatterAtSchoolWeek pic.twitter.com/S8Argqm79n— Julia E. Torres (@juliaerin80) February 6, 2018
In Seattle, participating in the #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool week of action has the backing of the Seattle School Board! So many helped make this happen: @NaacpCoalition @NAACPSeattleKC @JessedHagopian @NikkitaOliver @SocialEquityEdu and many more! pic.twitter.com/rBGYu8UxnM— Jon Greenberg (@citizenshipsj) February 1, 2018