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Washington educators help lead national Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools

02/05/2018
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DeShawn Jackson
DeShawn Jackson, instructional assistant at John Muir Elementary School, leads a discussion on the book Let's Talk About Race.

Seattle educators, along with other cities across the country, organized a nationwide Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools being held from Feb. 5 to Feb. 9.

The goal is to create momentum for an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversation in school communities related to racial justice issues. And beyond raising awareness, participants hope events this week create excitement in communities to take action.

Elementary, middle and high school students in Seattle and in some schools in surrounding areas are spending time this week on Black Lives Matter lessons.

Danielle Woods’ kindergarteners and first-graders at Leschi Elementary School took time Monday to talk about ways to create change when they felt something is unfair.

Danielle Woods
Danielle Woods talked to her kindergarteners and first-graders at Leschi Elementary School about what to do when they see something that isn't fair.

“It’s important for our students to see themselves standing up for what is fair,” Woods says. “Asking students, ‘What do you do if you feel something is unfair,’ gives them hope and the chance to participate.”

Woods’ students came up with ideas on how they could make a difference, including holding a sign or going on a march.

Meanwhile, John Muir Elementary School first-graders were listening to instructional assistant DeShawn Jackson reading and discussing the book, Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester. Visit the Seattle Education Association’s BLMAS page for lessons, resources and more information.

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