Solidarity with Black Lives Matter at School Week: Nationally Renowned Antiracist Activists, Artists, Academics, Authors, and Athletes Speak Out!

BLMatSchoolsBannerWe, the undersigned, are writing in support of a new uprising for racial justice that is being organized by educators around the country who have declared February 5-9, 2018, “Black Lives Matter at School Week.” Many thousands of educators will be wearing shirts to school that say, “Black Lives Matter at School” and will teach lessons about structural racism, intersectional Black identities, and Black history in cities all across the country.

At a time when the president makes openly racist statements about Africa, Haiti and El Salvador, it is more important than ever to support antiracist pedagogy and support Black students.  In addition, in this era of mass incarceration, there is a school-to-prison-pipeline system that is more invested in locking up youth than unlocking their minds.

That system uses harsh discipline policies that push Black students out of schools at disproportionate rates; denies students the right to learn about their own cultures and whitewashes the curriculum to exclude many of the struggles and contributions of Black people and other people of color; and is pushing out Black teachers from the schools in cities around the country. That is why we support the three demands issued by the Black Lives Matter at School movement:

1) End zero tolerance discipline, implement restorative justice

2) Hire more Black teachers

3) Mandate Black history/Ethnic Studies, K-12

Show your solidarity during this week of struggle by wearing your Black Lives Matter shirt to school or to work.

Signed,

Curtis Acosta
Former Mexican American Studies Teacher, Assistant Professor, Language and Culture in Education, University of Arizona South

Sam Anderson
National Black Education Agenda, retired Math & Black History professor

Jose Antonio Vargas
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, filmmaker, and founder/CEO of Define American

Wayne Au
Professor, School of Educational Studies, University of Washington Bothell

Bill Ayers
Distinguished Professor of Education (retired), UIC

Michael Bennett
Pro Bowl defensive end, Seattle Seahawks

Bill Bigelow
Curriculum Editor, Rethinking Schools magazine

Judith Browne Dianis
Executive Director, Advancement Project, National Office

John Carlos
Bronze-medal winner in the 200 meters at the 1968 Summer Olympics

Nancy Carlsson-Paige
Professor Emerita, Lesley University; Senior Advisor Defending the Early Years

Linda Christensen
Oregon Writing Project

Noura Erakat
Human Rights Attorney and Assistant Professor, George Mason University

Eve L. Ewing
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Kevin James
Emcee Son of Nun, fmr. Baltimore City HS Teacher

Brian Jones
City University of New York Graduate Center

Ibram X. Kendi,
Director of American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center and National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

Joyce King
Benjamin E Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership, Georgia State University, President, The Academy for Diaspora Literacy, Inc.

Shaun King
Columnist for The Intercept

Jonathan Kozol
Teacher, Author, of Shame of the Nation, Savage Inequalities, and the National Book Award-winner, Death at an Early Age

Jia Lee
Member, Movement Of Rank-and-file Educators and Change the Stakes/NYCOPTOUT

Barbara Madeloni,
President, Massachusetts Teachers Association

Edwin Mayorga
Assistant Professor, Swarthmore College, Dept. of Educational Studies, Prog. Latin American and Latino Studies

Deborah Menkart
Executive Director, Teaching for Change

Tom Morello
Musician, Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage

Pedro A. Noguera
Distinguished Professor of Education
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

Nikkita Oliver
Community Organizer

Alex Caputo Pearl
President, United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA)

Bob Peterson
Rethinking Schools Editor, Past President of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association

Bree Picower
Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Services, Montclair State University

Adam Sanchez
Organizer and curriculum writer, Zinn Education Project

David Stovall
Professor, Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Assistant professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University

Opal Tometi
Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter; Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

Jose Luis Vilson
Math Teacher, NYC Department of Education, Executive Director, EduColor

Dyan Watson
Associate Professor of Education, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling

Yohuru Williams
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of St. Thomas; Board of Directors, Network for Public Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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