“Young, Gifted, & Black”: #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Virtual Talent Showcase, Friday, 2/5, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PST. Don’t miss this culminating event of the week of action to support our Black youth!

Photo from the Seattle 2020 “Young, Gifted, and Black” showcase for #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool week with powerful discussions and performances from talented students

The Seattle area NAACP Youth Council (N-YC), Puget Sound Black Lives Matter at Schools, and Social Equity Educators (SEE) are proud to co-sponsor this year’s “Young, Gifted, & Black Student Talent Showcase,” one of the keynote event of the 2021 Black Lives Matter at School week February 1-5. This event will be held on-line from 5:30pm–7:30pm Pacific. You can visit the Facebook page and find the link or click this link to view the event: Online: us02web.zoom.us

2020 Young, Gifted, and Black Showcase

Centering the creative and intellectual brilliance of African-American students throughout Seattle Public Schools and nearby districts, these youth–dancers, poets, filmmakers, singers, speakers, and more–follow in the footsteps of Nina Simone. Many considered her 1969 song “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”, dedicated to the late Lorraine Hansberry, to be an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. These students today carry on the tradition of her and other civil rights activists by making the case for how to uproot institutional racism in education!The four national demands of the Black Lives Matter at School movement are:

1.) End “zero tolerance” discipline, and implement restorative justice
2.) Hire more Black teachers
3.) Mandate Black History and Ethnic Studies in K-12 curriculum
4.) Fund counselors not cops

For more national information on the week:
https://blacklivesmatteratschool.com and also see other events around the country at: https://www.blacklivesmatteratschool.com/blm-at-school-events.html

Check out Nina Simone’s song “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”, the inspiration for the event’s title:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hdVFiANBT

We hope to see you there!

2020 Young, Gifted, and Black Showcase

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