Black Lives Matter (BLM) was founded in 2013 by three Black female activists, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. The murder of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman’s subsequent acquittal was their motivation to form BLM.
It has grown to become a global organization of networks (UK, Canada and USA), “whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.” (BlackLivesMatter.com)
Unfortunately, BLM is a movement that has been misunderstood and mislabeled by many people in our nation. It is not solely focused on police brutality, nor are they advocates for “violent riots.” BLM’s scope of work is much larger in scope than what their critics claim.
We are expansive. We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front.
We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.
We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.
We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. (BlackLivesMatter.com)
CLI believes that taking the time and energy to teach about this movement is an opportunity to have authentic dialogue with children about very important topics, such as justice, activism, reconciliation, Black Joy, etc. When people understand the lasting impacts of slavery and the continued use of systemic racist policy to preserve white supremacy, the work of BLM and similar organizations will be better understood and appreciated.
Celebrating Black History Month Book Collection
In celebration of Black History Month, we put together a collection features books covering a wide range of historical figures and moments in Black History.
BLM at School Week of Action
In 2016, Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action was born when educators, families and students in Seattle came to school wearing shirts recognizing and supporting the principles of BLM and “#SayHerName."
- End “zero tolerance” discipline, and implement restorative justice
- Hire more black teachers
- Mandate black history and ethnic studies in K-12 curriculum
- Fund counselors not cops
Restorative Justice, Empathy, & Loving Engagement
Trans-Affirming, Queer Affirming & Collective Value
Intergenerational, Black Families & Black Villages
Black Women & Unapologetically Black
BLACK LIVES MATTER AT SCHOOL
WEEK OF ACTION, 2/1/21 to 2/5/21
To get you started
Integrating these topics throughout the curriculum and year
Ensure you stay up-to-date with the latest news, impact reports, donor events, and much more.