Black Lives Matter at School is excited to release our 2020 big creative challenge reveal! Submit your artwork today!
During the 2019 Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action, we held the 2nd national student challenge with the prompt, “Schools show that Black Lives Matter When They…” and students were asked to use their creativity to answer.
This year, our prompt has changed:
What do the “mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors” look like when we create a world where Black Lives Matter at School?
Taking inspiration from children’s literature scholar Rudine Sims Bishop , this year we are asking students to imagine interventions into the curriculum and school practices to further a world where Black lives and Black futures are valued and sustained.
To learn more about what we mean about “mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors” as metaphors for how we see the world, please visit this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/10yQ3hn5VCnJgJOSDjcjh9bOiw29g7yVY
Also to allow your art work to be published in a forthcoming book about the movement please fill out this permission form.
We are so excited to see what you create!
Submit your art work here.
The 2019 Creative Challenge is now live! This year’s prompt is: “Schools show Black lives matter when…” To make your submission go to: http://bit.ly/blmchallenge2019
The Creative Challenge is a great way for educators to engage their students in the Black Lives Matter At School week of Action. You can have your students submit artwork, poetry, videos, essays and more that answer the prompt to be displayed online. You can also post your artwork publicly in your school to inspire others to act for racial justice. In addition, we encourage educators to take photos of the work and post with hashtag #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool. Below is the information to last year’s creative challenge and links to the artwork that youth created.
Creative Challenge 2018
During the 2018 Black Lives Matter At School week of action, we held the first national student challenge with the prompt, “At a school where Black lives matter we…” and students were asked to use their creativity to answer.
Below are a couple of highlights from the 2018 Challenge. Visit this link to see the rest of the art: https://medium.com/national-blm-week-of-action-in-schools
BLM At School Artwork From St Louis
Kaleidoscope Club is a after-school learning club centered around equity and inclusion. This week we had a discussion on the 13 principles of Black Lives Matter, and why this movement is so important. Our entire club, which consists of Kindergartners, 1st, 2nd, and 4th graders, participated in the national challenge question and wanted to share their artwork with you.
BLM at School artwork from students in Philadelphia
Steven Salas, Trinity Washington University
Imagine flipping through textbooks and it’s full of strange faces
Tell us we have a rich history but would never trade places
Slave owners rapists and racists are honored in public spaces
And you expect me to pay homage or stay gracious
Even though I know that statue’s history promoted hatred
It doesn’t change the fact that all I want to do is tear it down and break it
For glorifying these supposed noble men through monuments
But papers prove it fraudulent
It’s all lies to me
Stop defending when your half-truths don’t apply to me
It just reminded me the type of world we living in
Where Teachers’ salary is poorly lacking then
Its conditions is
Another school’s under attack again
And I’m begging you please
Less police we need counselors
More Peace we need to cancel wars
We gotta eliminate the policy of zero tolerance
Cause all I’m ever seeing is the harm it does
You’re not thinking in the long run
If you don’t listen by dismissing
It dishonors us
Which is why we’re here to take the broken wrongs
And fix it right
Our mission spite
Centuries of oppression
We got to make a connection
We got to build up a village
We got to fix what was pillaged
We got to voice what is needed
We can’t afford to put our vocals in a headlock
Then maybe Andrew Johnson and others
Would have their dreadlocks
So love your hair love your skin
Love your name
And even if they try to say it
And it’s phonetically jacked
Don’t be embarrassed
Just correct them
Always strive to be