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OPINION: What Black Lives Matter at School Is from the Perspective of a NAACP Youth Council Leader in Seattle

by Erica Ijeoma


In the fall of 2016, back when I was 14 years old, John Muir Elementary staff planned to wear Black Lives Matter shirts, partner with Black Men Uniting to Change the Narrative, and together greet their students, the majority of whom are Black, to school in hopes of uplifting them.

That was the whole event – high fives and a warm welcome.

But soon the press caught wind of this event, then the opposition. Backlash quickly followed, including a bomb threat. Due to the credibility of this threat, the district cancelled the event as they were concerned for the safety of students and bomb-sniffing dogs were sent out through the school that fall morning. Continue reading OPINION: What Black Lives Matter at School Is from the Perspective of a NAACP Youth Council Leader in Seattle