Hundreds of Seattle Teachers to Wear Black Lives Matter Shirts, Attend Rally

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By Jillian Kay Melchior | 5:43 pm, October 17, 2016

As many as 2,000 Seattle teachers and school staffers will wear Black Lives Matter shirts Wednesday, with many also planning lessons about black history and racism.

By wearing the t-shirts, the Seattle Education Association said in a statement, teachers hope “to bring focus to racial equity and affirming the lives of our students—specifically our black students.”

A Facebook page for the event refers teachers to a Black Lives Matter syllabus “about institutional racism and black liberation.”

On Wednesday evening after school, participants have also planned a Black Lives Matter rally.

The Oct. 19 event was conceived after security threats forced the cancellation of a September event that sought to dispel stereotypes about black men, which was supposed to be hosted at Seattle’s John Muir Elementary.

The show of support received unanimous endorsement from the teacher’s union, as well as support from the Seattle Council of the Parent Teacher and Student Associations, the Seattle NAACP and others.

By deadline, the Seattle Education Association had not responded to Heat Street’s media inquiry.