Lawmakers in at least 15 states are attempting to pass legislation that would require teachers to lie to students about the role of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and oppression throughout U.S. history.
An Open Letter to President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris:
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To begin, we hope that you will consider these words by the great Black educator, Septima Clark, as you think about what needs to change in our public education system: “I believe unconditionally in the ability of people to respond when they are told the truth. We need to be taught to study rather than believe, to inquire rather than to affirm.”
We, the Steering Committee of Black Lives Matter at School, are guided by Septima Clark through our work in education from preschool through college. We understand Clark’s legacy as a part of our work to ensure Black children, teachers and parents deserve schools as safe places to study and inquire.
“The heartbeat of racism is denial.” A Statement from the National Black Lives Matter at School Steering Committee
“The heartbeat of racism is denial.” — Ibram X. Kendi
This is the time to no longer be silent or blind to systemic injustice that not only exists in our education systems but also where and how it manifests in our neighborhoods.
December 2, 2020 at 5 PM - Get your tickets here
Join us for the launch of Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Education Justice, an essential collection of essays, interviews, poems, resolutions, and more from educators, students, and activists who have been building the Black Lives Matter at School movement across the country, including a foreword by Opal Tometi.
Black Lives Matter at School Year of Purpose:
YEAR OF PURPOSE INTRODUCTION
In addition to the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action (that is organized during the first week of February every year), educators, students, parents, and antiracist organizers, and education advocates, are encouraged to participate in the newly launched "Year of Purpose": Ongoing activations and reflection throughout the school year to uplift Black students and undo institutional racism (see the list of days of action and reflection questions below).