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

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In Honor of Zyad Shakur: Push the Ball Forward

In Honor of Zyad Shakur: Push the Ball Forward By Bruce Jackson, Special Education teacher at Aki Kurose Middle School, member of SEE (Editor’s Note: Bruce delivered this speech at the Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase on March 8 at Cleveland High School.) When I was 10 years old, my uncle Zyad Shakur was murdered on the New Jersey turnpike while fighting to protect the unalienable rights of black people in this country. After his death, his family, my aunt Louise and cousin Craig moved in with us. A few days later she started receiving threats on

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Is It Too Much To Dream?

Is It Too Much To Dream? By Israel Presley, Rainier Beach High School student (Editor’s Note: Israel delivered this spoken word at the Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase on March 8 at Cleveland High School.) Is it too much to dream?  Well, I want to say I dream of a city full of churches where our leaders can return and preach. I dream of peace and a voice so powerful there isn’t a place on this planet it couldn’t reach. I dream of teachers that look like me, think like me, love like me, so we can

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Surviving Is Not Living

Surviving Is Not Living By Kidist Habte, sophomore at Rainier Beach High School (Editor’s Note: Kidist delivered this speech at the Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase on March 8 at Cleveland High School.) Hello everyone, my name is Kidist Habte. I am a sophomore at Rainier Beach High School. Originally, I wrote this speech for my school’s Martin Luther King Assembly, so there’s going to be a lot of Dr. King references. This speech today is called “Surviving Is Not Living”. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of

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Thanks from the national Black Lives Matter at School Coalition!

Thanks from the national Black Lives Matter at School Coalition! (Editor’s Note: Below is a short statement of thanks from the national Black Lives Matter at School Coalition for the efforts of educators around the country to make this week an incredible success.) On behalf of the Black Lives Matter at School Coalition, we are writing to thank everyone for a powerful week of action from coast to coast. Because of the bravery and tenacity of many thousands of educators, students, parents, activists, and organizers, BLM@School week was bigger and more impactful than ever before. It is truly stunning to

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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

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