At the Special Board Meeting Wednesday morning, the Tukwila School Board of Directors passed Resolution 882 affirming their unwavering support of Black Lives Matter Week for the students, teachers and staff of Tukwila School District.
"This is a statement that the Board is very proud of," said Board of Directors President Tracy Russell. "We want to send a message on the record that our efforts of being an advocate for social justice and equality for our Black students is a priority for all of us in Tukwila School District. It's a strong statement and the Board voted 4 to 0 [Director Gillispie was absent] in support of the measure with no discussion of any dissent on language," said Director Russell.
"We are all very proud of our District taking this stance for our Black students," said Tukwila School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Flip Herndon. It is a step forward for diversity, inclusion, equity and the overall whole-child support we try to provide for all of our kids. We are committed to proving that diversity is our strength and helping our Black students achieve their goals uninhibited will be the cornerstone of that promise." he said.
Black Lives Matter at School is a week of action that launches the first week of Black History Month. From February 4th through the 8th the week will addresses well known systematic roadblocks for Black students like:
- Harsh discipline policies that push Black students out of school at disproportionate rates
- Denies students the right to learn about their own cultures and "whitewashes" curriculum to exclude contributions of Black people and
- The declining rates of Black teachers in cities around the country
At Tukwila School District, students will play a role in the week's educational planning. During the week, lessons about structural racism, intersectional Black identities, Black history and anti-racist movements take center stage at various educational levels.