Unity event @ Louisa Boren STEM K-8 as Black Lives Matter at School Week begins

It’s Black Lives Matter At School Week nationwide, with local support from the Seattle School Board, which last week adopted a resolution that declares “that the lives of black students matter, as well as the lives of all of our students of color, and that we encourage participation district-wide in the national Black Lives Matter At School Week from February 5-9, 2018.” We stopped by Louisa Boren STEM K-8 this morning after Shawna Murphy sent word of a before-school unity event planned by the PTA.

Yes, you probably noticed something obvious about the people in that photo. And it’s one of the issues raised by the Social Equity Educators (SEE) group from the teachers’ union, the Seattle Education Association: They want the district to hire more black teachers. (Here’s the SEE website.)

At Boren, meantime, buttons, stickers, signmaking, and books were available before school, and we’re told an assembly was planned for today too.

STEM K-8 is the only school we’ve heard from so far – any other local activities/assemblies? Please let us know – editor@westseattleblog.com or text/voice 206-293-6302 – thanks!

5 Replies to "Unity event @ Louisa Boren STEM K-8 as Black Lives Matter at School Week begins"

  • melissa February 5, 2018 (1:11 pm)

    It warms my heart to see teachers supporting their students in this way. Thanks, Boren!

    A community member.

  • Delilah February 5, 2018 (10:29 pm)

    that’s a lot of white faces- not that white people can’t be allies and recognize white privilege but hopefully SPS is trying to hire/promote more people of color 

  • Ex-Westwood Resident February 6, 2018 (2:36 pm)

    Hopefully SPS will hire and promote the BEST people for the job, regardless of color!!!

    Remember this quote???

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

    Applies to ALL races!!!

  • 1994 February 7, 2018 (7:48 pm)

    To be fair, this is not the entire STEM staff and there are numerous people of different backgrounds employed at STEM that are not included in this photo. 

    • WSB February 7, 2018 (8:05 pm)

      And lest anyone misunderstand, we did not choose who to photograph. The photo shows everyone that was gathered for us to photograph, at the time we were invited to stop by.

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