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The Milwaukee community will have opportunities to listen, learn, and add their voices to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) narrative in order to bring about positive change. Leading off Black History Month in February, the National Black Lives Matter Week of Action, February 3–7, is designed to engage the community in topics that address four national demands and foster discussions and solutions to current issues.
The National Demands of the Week of Action are:
- End zero tolerance
- Mandate Black History and ethnic studies courses
- Hire more Black teachers
- Fund counselors, not cops
Milwaukee Public Schools and its partners—United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT), Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH), Milwaukee Metropolitan Alliance of Black School Educators, Milwaukee Teachers Education Association, MTEA Black Educators Caucus, Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and the MPS Department of Black & Latino Male Achievement—will host public events focused on the national demands and BLM principles.
A brief schedule of events is provided here.
February 3: Student-Led Discussion and Live Broadcast
February 4: Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School – Movie Screening and Talk-Back
February 5: Black Lives Matter Poetry Open Mic Night
February 6: Intergenerational Snack and Kick-Back Night – Games and Conversations
February 7: Black Lives Matter: A Storytelling Social and Awards Night
Daily events are designed to promote exploration and discussion of important topics. Events are free and open to the public. To view the complete schedule, become involved, register for events, and learn more, visit mpsmke.com/blm.