The locally based group MapSO Freedom School is bringing “Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action” to Columbia High School from February 4 to 8, 2019.
“MAPSO Freedom School is proud to collaborate with the national committee of Black Lives Matter at School educators organizing for racial justice in education for the second year (this is the third year for the national BLM at Schools),” read a post on the MapSO Freedom School Facebook page. “Last year the events and energy was great and we encourage all educators, parents, students, unions, and community organizations to join our annual week of action during the first week of February this year! MapSO Freedom School has been working to present teachers and administration in the South Orange-Maplewood School District with resources to observe Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action Feb. 4-8, 2019 at Columbia High School.”
Besides working with teachers to incorporate elements of the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action curriculum into their classrooms, MapSO Freedom School will host the following evening programming at CHS:
- Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, 6:30-9:00 p.m. — Modern Policing, Restorative Practices and Loving Engagement. Keynote Speaker: Larry Hamm, Peoples Organization for Progress. 2 Hour workshop. Columbia High School Cafeteria, 17 Parker Avenue, Maplewood.
- Wednesday, Feb.6, 2019, 6:30-9:00 p.m. — A Celebration of Black Teachers: The Impact on Communities and Villages. Keynote Speaker: Johanna Wright, South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education. Moderator: Ikechukwu Onyema, Teacher. Panelists: TJ Whitaker, Curtis Grayson, Steve Rosefort, Line Marshall, Shawana Andrews, Yves Hart. Youth Panelists: Student Testimonials. Columbia High School Black Box Theater, 17 Parker Ave., Maplewood.
- Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, 6-9 p.m. Black Womxn and Unapologetically Black—Poetry Slam/Open Mic. Moderator: Okaikor Aryee-Price. Keynote: Dr. Stephanie James Harris, Executive Director of Amistad Commission. Feature Poet: Shelly Strothers. Columbia High School Black Box Theater, 17 Parker Ave., Maplewood.
In addition, CHS teacher and MapSO Freedom School member TJ Whitaker reported that, “despite the school district and union support, we know that many teachers are reluctant and resistant to deep and meaningful participation in BLM Week for various reasons.” Whitaker said he is therefore publicly sharing links to the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action website so that “any parents, black, white, or otherwise who would like to use the materials at home, in after school programs, etc.”
- The BLM at School website — http://www.
- 2019 Curriculum Resource Guide — http://bit.ly/
- The 2019 Creative Challenge — http://bit.ly/blmweeksubmit
- Images for materials — http://tinyurl.com/