Sign Petition to Endorse 2019 Black Lives Matter At School National Week of Action!

The national Black Lives Matter At School movement has launched a petition to seek support for its upcoming 2019 week of action from February 4-8. This is a movement that began during the 2016-2017 school year in Seattle and that same year spread to Philadelphia and Rochester, NY. Last school year was the first nationally …

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A White Supremacist Murdered Two At My Supermarket: Kentucky teacher speaks out against racist violence and the school-to-prison-pipeline

In October, two Black grandparents were gunned down by a white supremacist in a Kroger supermarket in Louisville, Kentucky, sending shock waves through the Black community. The shooter was recorded on surveillance video trying to get into a predominately Black church just before the killing. Michelle Randolph, who teaches fourth grade in a school with …

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Honoring Black Student Activists

By Cindy Long This article was originally published in the NEA Today. In the summer of 2017, Charleena Lyles, a pregnant 30-year-old black woman was fatally shot by two white Seattle police officers in her home as her three young children looked on. Lyles, who had called the police to report a burglary, reportedly suffered …

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Macklemore and Michael Bennett buy “Teaching for Black Lives” book for all Seattle secondary humanities teachers

Grammy award winning artist Macklemore and three time NFL pro bowler Michael Bennett team up to purchase the new critically acclaimed book, Teaching for Black Lives, for distribution to ALL Social Studies & Language Arts Teachers in the Seattle Public Schools The new book from Rethinking Schools called, “A Handbook for all educators to fight …

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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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