Higher Education Statement of Support for 2020 Black Lives Matter in School Week of Action
We, the undersigned professors, scholars, higher ed staff and administrators, publicly express our support for, and solidarity with, teachers and community members who have organized the National Black Lives Matter Week of Action to be held between February 3-7, 2020. This week of action focuses on making Black Lives Matter in our universities and schools by engaging our communities in discussions centered on the 13 guiding principles that extend Black Lives Matter into a movement. We believe that this week of action is vital for educators, parents, students, and all communities in order to...
-Create a space for introspection and dialogue around the 13 guiding principles;
-Build deeper connections between educators, parents, students, and community organizations;
-Stand in support of national organizing of Black Lives Matter;
-Work with students and student groups to take a leading role in this week and moving forward.
As this work continues beyond February 7th, we point to the Racial Justice Statement written by the Caucus of Working Educators (Philadelphia), which asserts that “purposeful action needs to be taken in order to eliminate the adverse outcomes derived from perpetual structural racism evident in public education.”
This ongoing work will promote equity; the value of human life; and educational, political, and social justice. It requires that all of us, as educators, develop the knowledge and actions necessary to eliminate the barriers that intersecting forms of structural prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, and bias create in Philadelphia and beyond. We are committed to teaching, learning, and co-creating culture in our classrooms that reflect these missions and goals in order to build the leadership of our students so that we may all live by these principles. The survival and liberation of Black people and, by extension, all people demand this.
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