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Black Lives Matter Week of Action 2018: About

This guide shares resources to support BC Middle School's participation in the Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools.

Background Information

This year, the Berkeley Carroll Middle School will participate in a nationwide effort, the Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools, from February 5th to 9th. Each year, BC Middle honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in a special way, and this year we will seek to connect Dr. King's work in the Civil Rights Movement with a social movement of today- Black Lives Matter. Our hope is to emphasize that Dr. King's efforts are ongoing and his message of justice lives on in individuals, in art, and in new social movements that recognize that the work is far from done.

 

The Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013 in response to the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. This organization seeks to promote justice for people of color and, by extension, all people. BLM is guided by 13 principles, which will be explored in meaningful ways over the course of the Week of Action. In schools across the country, participating students and teachers will discuss structural racism, intersectional Black identities, and Black history. 

 

BC Middle School students and teachers will have the opportunity to participate in the following events during the Week of Action:

  • Monday 2/5 Study Hall Lesson in the Library
    • Focus Themes: Restorative Justice, Empathy, Loving Engagement
  • Tuesday 2/6 Study Hall Lesson in the Library
    • Focus Themes: Diversity, Globalism
  • Wednesday 2/7 Study Hall Lesson in the Library
    • Focus Themes: Queer-Affirming, Trans-Affirming, Collective Value
  • Thursday 2/8 Period 9 Advising Special Programming
    • Speaker: Judge Ron Ellis
  • Friday 2/9 Morning Meeting
    • Culminating messages; MS Jazz Band plays selections from Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus
  • Friday 2/9 Study Hall Lesson in the Library
    • Focus Themes: Intergenerational Black Families and Villages, Centering Black Women and Femmes

These events will be open to students in grades 5-8 and facilitated by teacher volunteers.

 

This guide provides content for the Black Lives Matter movement and suggests resources to further learning and understanding.

 

Text adapted from BLM Week of Action Launch Message by Brandon Guidry and Lili Zimmett. Image retrieved from http://www.teachingforchange.org/black-lives-matter-schools-nationwide.

Black Lives Matter Guiding Principles

The Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools aims to explore the guiding principles of Black Lives Matter. The principles we will explore at BC are defined as follows: 

  • Restorative Justice: We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.
  • Empathy: We are committed to practicing empathy; we engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.
  • Loving Engagement: We are committed to embodying and practicing justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.
  • Diversity: We are committed to acknowledging, respecting and celebrating difference(s) and commonalities.
  • Globalism: We see ourselves as part of the global Black family and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black folk who exist in different parts of the world
  • Queer Affirming: We are committed to fostering a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise.
  • Trans Affirming:  We are committed to embracing and making space for trans brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We are committed to being self-reflexive and doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
  • Collective Value: We are guided by the fact all Black lives, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status or location.
  • Intergenerational: We are committed to fostering an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with capacity to lead and learn.
  • Black Families:  We are committed to making our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We are committed to dismantling the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” that require them to mother in private even as they participate in justice work.
  • Black Villages: We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, and especially “our” children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.
  • Centering Black Women: We are committed to building a Black women affirming space free from sexism, misogyny, and male‐centeredness.

 

Principles retrieved from https://blacklivesmatter.com/about/what-we-believe/.

Links to more info

Get more information about Black Lives Matter and the Week of Action in Schools by exploring these links.

13 Principles

Retrieved from https://blacklivesmatter.com/about/what-we-believe/.