Photo by Jovelle Tamayo for The Seattle Globalist
E R A S I N G T H E S T I G M A
Last year with Rocky Donaldson and Shanelle Donaldson West (among others) I helped organize a gathering of Black folks and people of color at Leschi Elementary in Seattle to congratulate kids for completing their first week of school. We were inspired by powerful gatherings of Black men who had done the same across the nation in Georgia and Connecticut. The goal was to show children of color positive images of Black people in their community instead of the negative and damaging images commonly portrayed in the media. We had an amazing, uplifting, incredible morning at Leschi. Six months later, hundreds of Black men turned out to greet children at Seattle’s South Shore PK-8 School as part of National African American Parent Involvement Day.
We loved the spirit and impact of this effort so much, we decided to do it again!
Please join us in occupational or business attire at Leschi Elementary school on Friday, September 16 at 7:15am to congratulate the kids for completing the first week of the 2016-2017 school year. *PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EVENT ACTUALLY STARTS AT 7:55 AM, we just want to make sure we gather in time. We will meet in the Family Support Worker’s office. Check in at the front desk and they will direct you to the meeting place. The more the merrier, so please extend the invitation to Black men, women, and non-binary people who might be interested.
Leschi Elementary School
135 32nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
**coffee & refreshments provided**
This effort is deeply inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement which is making profound strides to uplift the humanity, beauty, and innate value of Black lives; lives which have been denigrated in America since our nation’s inception. Our event honors the BLM movement by interrupting messages of Black devaluation before they become embedded, emphasizing early intervention, and working to undo antiblack racism in partnership with the youngest members of our society — our children.
J O I N I N G U S T H I S Y E A R
Dr. Georgia Stewart McDade | prolific poet and 1st African American woman to earn a Ph. D. in English from the University of Washington | “Georgia Stewart McDade: A Life Mightier Than Obstacles”
Marcus Green | Founder & Editor-In-Chief, The South Seattle Emerald | “Marcus Green is giving South Seattle a Voice”
Evana Enabulele | Organizer, Seattle Black Book Club | Seattle Black Book Club on Facebook
Teddy McGlynn-Wright | Senior Planner, Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative | “Redefining Fatherhood” by Teddy McGlynn-Wright for ParentMap Magazine
Darryl Smith | Site Director, Year Up Puget Sound-Bellevue College, former Deputy Mayor of Seattle | Darryl Smith on Columbia City Source
Reagan Jackson | Writer, Artist, Activist, International Educator and award-winning Journalist | www.rejjarts.com
Sheila Capestany | King County, Strategic Advisor for Children and Youth | “Executive appoints early childhood development expert to improve children, youth services”