The Black Lives Matter At School national week of action has received endorsements from many leaders across the country in the struggle for racial justice, as well as by hundreds of professors, educators, and community activists. Additionally, the National Education Association, the largest union representing teachers and other educators in the country, voted to endorse BLM@School.
Below is the solidarity statement with the list of notable signatories from the 2018 BLM At School week of action.
We, the undersigned, are writing in support of a new uprising for racial justice that is being organized by educators around the country who have declared February 5-9, 2018, “Black Lives Matter at School Week.” Many thousands of educators will be wearing shirts to school that say, “Black Lives Matter at School” and will teach lessons about structural racism, intersectional Black identities, and Black history in cities all across the country.
At a time when the president makes openly racist statements about Africa, Haiti and El Salvador, it is more important than ever to support antiracist pedagogy and support Black students. In addition, in this era of mass incarceration, there is a school-to-prison-pipeline system that is more invested in locking up youth than unlocking their minds.
That system uses harsh discipline policies that push Black students out of schools at disproportionate rates; denies students the right to learn about their own cultures and whitewashes the curriculum to exclude many of the struggles and contributions of Black people and other people of color; and is pushing out Black teachers from the schools in cities around the country. That is why we support the three demands issued by the Black Lives Matter at School movement:
1) End zero tolerance discipline, implement restorative justice
2) Hire more Black teachers
3) Mandate Black history/Ethnic Studies, K-12
Show your solidarity during this week of struggle by wearing your Black Lives Matter shirt to school or to work.
Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter; Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
Assistant professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University
Former Mexican American Studies Teacher, Assistant Professor, Language and Culture in Education, University of Arizona South
National Black Education Agenda, retired Math & Black History professor
Jose Antonio Vargas
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, filmmaker, and founder/CEO of Define American
Professor, School of Educational Studies, University of Washington Bothell
Distinguished Professor of Education (retired), UIC
Pro Bowl defensive end, Seattle Seahawks
Curriculum Editor, Rethinking Schools magazine
Judith Browne Dianis
Executive Director, Advancement Project, National Office
Bronze-medal winner in the 200 meters at the 1968 Summer Olympics
Professor Emerita, Lesley University; Senior Advisor Defending the Early Years
Oregon Writing Project
Human Rights Attorney and Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Eve L. Ewing
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Emcee Son of Nun, fmr. Baltimore City HS Teacher
City University of New York Graduate Center
Ibram X. Kendi
Director of American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center and National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.
Benjamin E Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership, Georgia State University, President, The Academy for Diaspora Literacy, Inc.
Columnist for The Intercept
Teacher, Author, of Shame of the Nation, Savage Inequalities, and the National Book Award-winner, Death at an Early Age
Member, Movement Of Rank-and-file Educators and Change the Stakes/NYCOPTOUT
President, Massachusetts Teachers Association
Assistant Professor, Swarthmore College, Dept. of Educational Studies, Prog. Latin American and Latino Studies
Executive Director, Teaching for Change
Musician, Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage
Pedro A. Noguera
Distinguished Professor of Education
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
Alex Caputo Pearl
President, United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA)
Rethinking Schools Editor, Past President of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association
Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Services, Montclair State University
Organizer and curriculum writer, Zinn Education Project
Professor, Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jose Luis Vilson
Math Teacher, NYC Department of Education, Executive Director, EduColor
Associate Professor of Education, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of St. Thomas; Board of Directors, Network for Public Education