All school communities in the Greater Rochester area are encouraged to participate in a day of understanding and affirming Black Lives Matter on February 16th, 2018. Last year’s initiative was an important catalyst that has lead to real change and we hope to expand the impact of this initiative in 2018.
It is understood that every community is at a different place in this journey and that there will be a different path for each and every school but we believe that schools are a place to practice equity and the active engagement of teachers and students in building understanding and affirming that Black lives matter will lead to sustainable progress towards freedom and justice for all people. We have designed things in a way that allows us all to share a vision and leadership, it is up to you how you engage in this initiative but we suggest you begin by educating yourself and enlisting collaborators.
Please reach out if you need support, want to share your plans or have resources that will help. We especially want to hear how last year’s event has lead to growth or change within your school community.
Articles and Media About Last Year’s Initiative
- Open Mic Rochester: BLM @School: Reflecting on the Day and Moving Forward
- Teaching Tolerance: A District Profile: Black Lives Matter at School
- Hechinger Report: Using Black Lives Matter to Teach White Teachers