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:
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.
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:
Principles retrieved from https://blacklivesmatter.com/about/what-we-believe/.
Get more information about Black Lives Matter and the Week of Action in Schools by exploring these links.