Tuesday, February 6 (Day 2)

Here are stories from DC area classrooms from Day Two of Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools.

The fight for Justice: Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution


Kenmore Middle School educator, Dr. Tiffany Mitchell, started her class today by asking her students to share what they know about the Black Lives Matter movement. Student responses included, “people marching and saying Black Lives Matter in response to police brutality,” and “football players taking a knee during the national anthem as a form of protest.”

One student said they have heard the phrase All Lives Matter in connection with Black Lives Matter. Dr. Mitchell responded by telling students that some people are opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement because there is an assumption that Black Lives Matter does not care about other causes. The Black Lives Matter movement, she shared, “has supported other causes such as the Dakota Access Pipeline movement.”  Read more.

Black Lives Matter School Mural

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On day two of #BLM #WeekofAction at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, the school community created this sign. Our youngest learners contributed what is beautiful and black. Families had the opportunity to sign alongside students and engage in conversations.

Our elementary students added a panel of what it takes to be alive or what makes them feel alive. At the middle school level, students expressed what matters to them and why the BLM movement matters. The three, when placed together, create a powerful statement.

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Sheridan School

In Baltimore

A Baltimore educator used a D.C. Area Black Lives Matter in Schools Lesson created by educator Alison Kysia.

In Philadelphia

A Philly educator used a D.C. Area Black Lives Matter in Schools lesson created by Kim Spotts.  

An African American and Latinx History of the United States Book Talk


Teachers filled the house for an evening #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Week of Action book talk by University of Florida associate professor Paul Ortiz about An African American and Latinx History of the United States. Ortiz focused on the hidden history of Haiti, Mexico, and Reconstruction. The event was held at Busboys and Poets in Takoma. In addition to teachers, attendees included two curators from NMAAHC and former students of Ortiz.

DAYMykella Palmer