Resources for the Black Lives Matter At School

National Week of Action Feb. 4 - 8, 2019

Last weekend, a 7-year-old girl named Jazmine Barnes was gunned down in a racially motivated attack by a white man in a red pickup truck. Jazmine dreamed of being a teacher.  As the list of African Americans murdered because of the color of their skin grows, we call on educators to make commitments to teach social justice, anti-racist curriculum and foster student conversations about the Black Lives Matter movement. We also call on educators to grow the Black Lives Matter movement in every school and union. 

The National Black Lives Matter Week of Action is one month away. Rethinking Schools editors and staff endorse the week of action Feb. 4-8, 2019, and encourage all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to sign on in support and participate. 

Black Lives Matter At School is a national coalition of educators organizing for racial justice in education. Last year, during the 2018 week of action, thousands of educators in more than 20 cities participated to affirm the lives of Black students. Educators taught lessons about structural racism, Black history, and anti-racist movements during the week of action and beyond. 

The Black Lives Matter At School demands are simple: 

  1. End “zero tolerance” discipline, and implement restorative justice

  2. Hire more Black teachers

  3. Mandate Black history and ethnic studies in K-12 curriculum

  4. Fund counselors not cops in schools

Here is a compilation of resources for educators who are committed to making Black lives matter in school. This is NOT white-washed, scripted curriculum. These resources are for educators determined to make classrooms sites of resistance to racism and anti-Blackness.