Meet the 2019 “Black Education Matters Student Activist Award” winners: Youth leaders of an uprising for racial justice!

At the first NAACP Youth Coalition Racial Justice Conference on Saturday, ethnic studies teacher Jesse Hagopian and Superbowl champion/bestselling author Michael Bennett presented the Black Education Matters Student Activist Award (BEMSAA) to three of the most dynamic and powerful changemaking youth in Seattle. The 2019 BEMSAA award winners are: Rena Mateja Walker Burr, Cleveland High …

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Seattle Students: Apply today for the 2019 Black Education Matters Student Activist Award

It’s time to nominate your favorite Seattle based anti-racist student activist for the Black Education Matters Student Activist Award (BEMSAA). Seattle Public School students  (or advocates on their behalf) can apply for the Award by filling out this application.  Applications for the 2019 award are due by May 10th and award winners will be announced …

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Announcing The 2018 “Black Education Matters Student Activist Award” Winners

This year's Black Education Matters Student Activist Award winners have received their prizes! Starting an award for young racial justice activists has been one of the best things I have ever done. Getting to give each young changemaker $1,000, public recognition, networking with their peers, and the opportunity to collaborate with four time NFL Pro …

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Teaching for Black Lives book release: “Required reading for all who care about the future of Black youth.”

Order Teaching for Black Lives, edited by Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, and Wayne Au Teaching for Black Lives is officially released today by Rethinking Schools and I couldn’t be more hopeful for it’s impact on schools around the country. I have spent the past many months in collaboration with two other leading anti-racist educators, Professor …

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Turning Pain Into Power: 2017 Black Education Matters Student Activist Award winners

It was one of the most triumphant days of my life. Thursday, June 15th was a day when I took the most painful moment in my life and used it to produce one of the most joyous days of my life. This was the day I had the honor to present the Black Education Matters …

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