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:

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:


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.

By Angelina Lope

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:

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

We Care

2019 submission

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

Unforgiving when

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

Unapologetically black