Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase

Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase

Words can’t describe how proud SEE is to have worked with the NAACP Youth Coalition (N-YC) to co-sponsor the Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase on Friday March 8 at Cleveland High School. These creative youth–dancers, poets, filmmakers, singers and more– defined the phrase, “Young, Gifted, and Black!” and made the case for how to uproot institutional racism in education!

We’d like to give a special thanks to all kinds of support from the Seattle Council of the PTSA, especially Sebrena Burr, Eliza Rankin for designing the poster and program for the night, Cleveland High School for hosting, Elliot Stoller for videotaping it, Seattle International Socialist Organization for donating gift cards to the student performers, emcee Jerrell Davis, aka Rell Be Free, DJ Pax for sound, and many other students, educators, parents and community members who lent their support in various ways.

These student performers are the future! We are in excellent hands!

Here’s the list of performers in order:

-Jerrell Davis​, emcee for the night

Co-Founder & Restorative Justice Director WA-BLOC (Building Leaders of Change)

-DJ Pax

-Rena Mateja Walker Burr, Viviana Williams, Deyvonna Williams, Black Student Union members at Cleveland High School – Opening remarks

-Isaiah Banks​, Cleveland High School – Black National Anthem

-Dearborn Park Elementary School​ Hip-Hop break dance

-Simone Higashi, Franklin High School – song

Emma Fedore and Aneesa Roidad, Ballard High School, Luci Roman, Ingraham High School – NAACP Youth Coalition speakers

-Angelina Riley, Rainier Beach High School – song

-Marquita Prinzing,​ Director of the SEA Center for Racial Equity

Namaka Auwae Dekker, Franklin High School – poem

-Tracy Castro-Gill, Ethnic Studies Program Manager at Seattle Public Schools – speech

-Dexter Nance​, Orca K-8, and Daniel Warren, mentor – rap

-Katrina Johnson, cousin of Charleena Lyles, and Jesse Hagopian, Ethnic Studies teacher, SEE member – speech

-Luci Roman, Ingraham High School – song

-Kiyoshi Sakauye​ 2018/19 Youth Poet Ambassador, The Center School – poem

-Bruce Jackson​, ​Special Education teacher, SEE member – speech

-Israel Presley, ​Rainier Beach High School – spoken word

Kidist Habte​, Rainier Beach High School speech

Our apologies go out to Orca Film and Theater Family. Due to technological difficulties, we were unable to show a video students with this group made. We hope to post the video in the future.

Watch the entire Student Talent Showcase: