Students, teachers and supporters celebrated Black lives in a rally at Washington Hall on Oct. 19 that featured music, art and discussion about what it means for Black lives to matter in Seattle’s schools.
The event capped a day of activism across the district, in which thousands wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts and led discussions about racism. Performers from the Northwest Tap Connection took to the stage, as did Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and musician Kimya Dawson.
The event aimed to show the world that teachers and students would not be deterred from speaking about the movement. A previous event at John Muir Elementary had been canceled because of bomb threats.
Teachers led the event, announcing that the day of action would be the beginning of a wider movement to include culturally responsive curriculum and change disciplinary policies that impact students of color.
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