Dear HCPSS Families,
Teachers and education support professionals of color in Howard County are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action from Monday, February 5th through Friday, February 9th. During the day, teachers across the county will be implementing Black Lives Matter Week of Action Curriculum designed for Pre-K to 12th grade classrooms. After school, events will be held for educators, students, and community members to actively engage in the movement.
The Howard County Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action is one of dozens being organized across the country. The 13 guiding principles of the Black Lives Matter movement will be highlighted during this week of action as a means of challenging the insidious legacy of institutionalized racism and oppression that has plagued American society since its founding. There will be events, both online, and in each city, throughout the week, as well as curriculum resources for lesson plans and activities based upon the 13 Guiding Principles of Black Lives Matter. Below are the 2-3 principles for each day of action:
Monday, February 5th: Unapologetically Black, Restorative justice, empathy and loving engagement
Tuesday, February 6th: Diversity and globalism.
Wednesday, February 7th: Queer affirming, trans affirming, and collective value.
Thursday, February 8th: Intergenerational, Black Families and Black Villages.
Friday, February 9th: Centering Black women.
This week will also promote local demands that build on the momentum of the Black Lives Matter Movement. The Howard County demands are:
Mandate cultural proficiency, bias, and Restorative Justice training for educators.
Hire Educators of Color
Institute Ethnic Studies &BLM at School Week of Action EVENTS Culturally Relevant Curriculum (K-12)
Attached is a flier highlighting the evening events that will take place during the week of action. Each evenings’ event is open to press, where educators who organized the event will be available for interviews.