Children’s March for Black History in Schools
Come join student leaders of Boys & Girls HS and their supporters in a Children’s March for Black History in Schools. At 11:00am on Saturday, May 17th, we will gather at Borough Hall steps, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY, and then march across the Brooklyn Bridge to the steps of City Hall.
We and representatives of our communities will again put forth the call for Community Control of our schools and demand that Black History be taught to all students, particularly the 600,000 students of color in the school system. We affirm that this demand is both our Cultural and Human Right.
This Children’s March is a call to all students, activists, clergy, sororities, fraternities, artists, clubs and teams to take a stand for our children on this historic day. 60 years ago on May 17, 1954, the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown vs. the Board of Education was made.
The primary intent of this Supreme Court decision was Equality in Education. Now, 60 years later, New York City has a school system that continues to fail by NOT providing the quality or culturally relevant education to the 600,000 Black and Brown students attending public school.
The dropout rate, high levels of poverty, disproportionate numbers of young men of color incarcerated and unemployed in our communities, tells the true story of inequality and disparity in NYC and across this country. There is not one white failing school district in New York State, so clearly there is mass inequality.
We certainly cannot sit back and commemorate the 60th Anniversary of this court decision and act like things are so much better when so many of our children are in crisis.
We are calling on the mayor to take a bold stand with us on this day. We want the mayor, City Council members and all elected officials both here and Albany to:
1) Make sure that all the monies from the settlement of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity are made available to support the implementation of a Culturally Relevant Curriculum, one that focuses on enhancing racial pride. The significance of such a curriculum was validated by a recent Harvard University study. This study confirmed what the Black scholars have long advocated: students perform better (academically) when they have knowledge and pride in their culture.
2) Fully implement the New York State legislation that passed the 1998 ”Underground Railroad” curriculum that mandated that Black History be taught in all of the NYS schools.
Just as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Freedom Rides, Sit-ins, the March on Washington and the 1963 Children’s March resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Voters Rights Act, Affirmative Action and the end of legal forms of Jim Crow laws, our Children’s March is in the tradition of our fight for Justice and Freedom.
We march in the memory of Emmett Till, who was murdered in Mississippi, our 4 young daughters who died in a Birmingham church, all the young people from the south and those who traveled to the south , like Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman. We march in honor of all those who made great sacrifices for our Freedom. We also stand with Trayvon Martin’s family and all those young people who marched for Justice for all the Trayvon Martins who are still being killed by racists.
JOIN US! SHOW UP WITH YOUR CLASSMATES! BRING YOUR NEIGHBORS! RAISE YOUR VOICE FOR OUR HUMAN RIGHT TO QUALITY AND CULTURALLY RELEVANT EDUCATION BY IMPLEMENTING BLACK HISTORY IN ALL SCHOOLS.