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What's happening in Seattle for Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action


Black Lives Matter At School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education. Thousands of teachers in Seattle, and thousands more across the country will wear Black Lives Matter shirts to school Feb. 3-7, and teach lessons about restorative justice, institutional racism, Black identity, and Black history.

This year, the NAACP Youth Coalition of Seattle is taking a leading organizing role for the week of action. As Angelina Riley, a Rainier Beach High School 11th-grade student and member of the NAACP Youth Coalition, said in a press release, “Supporting Black Lives Matter at School is the first step in acknowledging a group of students who are marginalized not only in the education system but in every institutional system.”

"Supporting black lives doesn’t detract from or invalidate anyone else. In fact, it strengthens us all. It strengthens our community, our humanity, and uplifts those who have for too long been oppressed," said Aneesa Roidad, a 12th-grade student at Ballard High School in a press release.

In Seattle, the Black Lives Matter at School movement is fighting for these seven demands: 


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

5)Fully fund our public schools

6)Oppose standardized testing



The lessons that educators teach during the week of action correspond to the 13 guiding principles of Black Lives Matter:


Monday: Restorative Justice, Empathy and Loving Engagement

Tuesday: Diversity and Globalism

Wednesday: Trans-Affirming, Queer Affirming and Collective Value

Thursday: Intergenerational, Black Families and Black Villages

Friday: Black Women and Unapologetically Black


Black Lives Matter at School Week Pledge

Click on the link below to: “Pledge to teach and support Black Lives Matter curriculum at my school during the Black Lives Matter at School Week February 3-7.” 



Other Black Lives Matter at School events

The Fight to Save America's Public Schools
Diane Ravitch with Jesse Hagopian
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4
The Great Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue); Seattle, 98101


Black Lives Matter at School protest at the School Board Meeting 

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

John Stanford Center 

2445 3rd Ave. S., Seattle 98134


Black Lives Matter at School: Young, Gifted & Black student showcase
5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 6
Rainier Beach High School Performing Arts Center 
8815 Seward Park Ave. S., Seattle, 98118



Wrapup of Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action 2019
Macklemore, Michael Bennett team up to buy "Teaching for Black Lives" for Seattle teachers