Black Lives Matter at School Week: February 4-8th

SEA Center for Racial Equity Resources for Black Lives Matter

by Marquita Prinzing and Kaitlin Kamalei Jenkins, CRE

For the last two years, Seattle Public School educators throughout the district worked together
with colleagues, parents and families, community members, and students to make a statement
that Black Lives Matter by wearing a BLM t-shirt and teaching lessons and holding events that
recognized and honored Black Lives. Many other cities across the United States also
collaborated and organized in solidarity.

For the third year, educators from those cities and many more have come together to organize
a Nationwide Black Lives Matter at Schools Week again. According to TeachingforChange.org,
“the goal of Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools is to spark an ongoing movement of
critical reflection and honest conversation in school communities for people of all ages to
engage with critical issues of racial justice.” In order to help Seattle educators with this goal, the
CRE is providing the following resources:

Please visit our website for these Black Lives Matter at School resources and more information
about how we can advance racial equity in our district.
Center for Racial Equity Website:
Black Lives Matter at School

Learn more about what’s happening around the country here:
Save The Date: BLM At School National Week of Action, 2019, Feb 4th-8th

Demands for the movement (the first four are national demands while the last two are
additional local Seattle 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) Counselors not cops
5) Fully Fund Our Schools
6.) Oppose Standardized Tests

The lessons educators will teach during the week of action correspond with the thirteen 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

Encourage your students to participate in the Student Creativity Challenge:
Student Creative Challenge

Educators, please sign the pledge to participate in the week:
https://tinyurl.com/yalg7u7w

Save the Date for Key Events that Week: (specific details TBA)
Wednesday February 6: Rally after school at the John Stanford Center
Friday February 8: End of the week final rally in the evening

Black Lives Matter at School T-shirts:
Social Equity Educators is designing and printing new union made shirts for the week. Contact
Ian Golash if you are interested in buying some: nocadenas@gmail.com 206-679-1632