Recording: BLM at DC Schools and Unfulfilled Shaw Middle School Promises

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action in the District and DC’s Shaw Middle School on the February 14 show. Segment 1 begins at 6:00; Segment 2 begins at 40:00 —

Nia Nicholas, librarian at DC’s Anacostia High School, and Dr. Byron McClure, counselor at Anacostia, discuss their school’s participation in the now annual Black Lives Matter (BLM) at School Week of Action. Nqobile Mthethwa, Research Fellow at the Zinn Education Project, a project of Teaching for Change, discusses her work with DC Area Educators for Social Justice, also a Teaching for Change project, in supporting BLM at School during, and beyond, the Week of Action.

Alex Padro is a long-time Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the Shaw neighborhood, and Suki Lucier is a parent at Seaton Elementary, which feeds Shaw Middle School, and president of Seaton PTO. They join the Education Town Hall to discuss the history and future of the middle school. Recent proposals would leave the Shaw neighborhood in the District without a middle school, despite more than a decade of promises.

The Education Town Hall with Thomas Byrd
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in Washington, DC, on We Act Radio,
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After years of weekly broadcasts, the program now focuses one show each month on local issues and one on “the BUS,” organized by BadAss Teachers, United Opt Out, and SOS March.

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Anne Beers Elementary School during BLM at School Week of Action, 2019. Photo borrowed from DCEducators4SocialJustice

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