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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The “Fight for 15(%)”: Seattle educators prepare to strike for living wages & social justice

As students and teachers prepare for the start to another school year in Seattle, the contract negotiations between the union, the Seattle Education Association (SEA), and the school district are heating up—and many are now wondering if they will boil over into a strike. In a recent article in the Seattle Weekly titled, "Is a …

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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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Black To School With The New Book, “Teaching for Black Lives”: “Every school in the country needs this.”

It has been exhilarating to read the reviews that are steaming in about Teaching for Black Lives, the new book I co-edited with Dr. Dyan Watson and Dr. Wayne Au. Recent reviews include The Washington Post who called the book, “A handbook to help all educators fight racism” and Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the …

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“Things That Make White People Uncomfortable”: Michael Bennett’s essential new book asks, “Why does the world even have to be like this?”

Today, my good friend Michael Bennett, former Seattle Seahawk and current Philadelphia Eagle, releases his new book, Things That Make White People Uncomfortable—the memoir/manifesto that he wrote with my other dear friend Dave Zirin. I am going to assume my position as a teacher here and officially assign you homework: read this book! Take notes. …

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