On Wednesday, October 19th, there will be a Day of Action in Seattle.
In an effort to change the narrative of black boys and men in schools, a Seattle elementary school organized an event to have black men greet elementary school children as they entered their school. They received a bomb threat and had to cancel the event. Nevertheless, some of the participants showed up anyway. This Day of Action was conceived as their response. Though it won’t arrive on time, I have ordered my shirt. I agree with the teacher quoted in Jesse Hagopian’s excellent blog. We have been silent for too long. Here’s Desmond Tutu –
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
Hagopian has also edited a great book recounting the efforts at his school and around the country to fight back against standardized tests. It’s called More Than a Score. And what am I doing at school during this Wednesday’s Day of Action? Administering the PSAT.