NAACP Youth Coalition: When Will Black Lives Matter?

Aneesa Roidad (Ballard HS) was on stage last night at Cleveland High School for the Black Lives Matter at School Rally, representing the NAACP Youth Coalition with her colleagues Makhari Dysart (West Seattle HS), Skala Leake (Ballard HS), Alli Shin (Ballard HS), and Layla Mohamud (The Center School). 


Aneesa and the N-YC assert that:

  • Black lives will matter in schools when we have teachers who look like us, can relate to us, and serve as role models for us. 
  • Black lives will matter in schools when we are taught comprehensive history with diverse narratives, not just from the white perspective. 
  • Black lives will matter in schools when our learning is supported with restorative justice rather than a funnel leading to the school-to-prison pipeline.
  • Black lives will matter at school when adults realize that this issue is about human rights, and shouldn’t be partisan! 

The NAACP Youth Coalition (N-YC) is a group of students from 8 different SPS high schools who have come together to improve the lives and education experiences of students of color in SPS. At last night’s rally they called for action in Seattle Public Schools to increase the number of teachers of color, to institute mandatory ethnic studies for all students, and to ramp up restorative justice practices in place of the school-to-prison pipeline.


Featured Image by Don Eaton