We lead with the heart and courageously work to address racial injustice in education, embodying Black joy, confronting anti-Blackness, and building authentic partnerships with all who support creating equitable school communities across the nation. We are here to encourage individuals if they choose to operate within the school systems and those who have chosen to educate elsewhere. We have been dedicated to collective impact working beside national organizations who demand more from our education systems.
We’ve been an all-volunteer group for nearly five years, spanning eight regions and ten states. Last year our steering committee members took part in almost a hundred actions to advance Black lives at schools. This included writing book chapters, speaking out in articles, calling people in on panels, and so much more. Late this year, thanks to a generous grant, we hired two staff. An additional grant, honorariums, and our members supported our work. In 2022, over ninety people helped fund the National work. We can get to 100 supporters by the end of the year with one-time and monthly donations. We continue our focus on youth, collaboration, and building a National network which is evident in where our money goes.
We stay dedicated to a Week of Action, our Year of Purpose, and acknowledging a lifetime of practice. In the first week of February each year, educators, organizers, and activists raise awareness of the national demands and thirteen principles. To keep the local work grounded and strong, we promote resource sharing while showcasing the overlap of the work as it supports one purpose. We are here to share ideas and best practices while building connections across the country. You have utilized lessons, planned events, and continued the movement. To kick off the Year of Purpose, we held our first ticketed event Renewing the Radical Project of Black Education. Let us continue to grow and build personal practices inside and outside classrooms. We will be mapping our network to better support local activists. Tell us more about you, the local priorities, and what you need.
Planning for our week of action in 2023 has already begun. We have an event each day connected to our principles, Black joy, and building community. On January 16th, MLK Day, our 2023 T-Shirt design and new curriculum resource guide will go live. We are using a new platform, Are.na, which allows us to work collaboratively and is more secure. We no longer have what we curated over the last four years. If you previously downloaded some of our materials or came across a great resource related to one of the thirteen principles, please share it on our open Are.na page.
People support the work by giving their time, talents, and resources. We have established five committees that will allow us to more effectively build Black-centered, decolonial, and liberatory curricula resources that span K-12th grade and include multiple subject areas, disseminate tools for policy changes that lift up our four demands, offer practical support for personal development, and educate the broader community. We plan to compensate our co-leads, honoring our belief in ongoing accessibility and paying people for their time and labor. If you want to get more involved as an ambassador, you can join a committee.
Thank you for being bold advocates! We look forward to expanding our impact, bringing new folks in, and forming new coalitions. We appreciate opportunities to collaborate nationally, participate in regional events, and work locally to ensure Black lives matter at school.