Black Lives Matter Week 2024: Feb. 12-16

Black Lives Matter Week 2024 at Garfield is Feb. 12-16, featuring a modified daily schedule with special events and curriculum. Garfield teacher Ms. Shikita Trahan explains:

Black Lives Matter is a decentralized political and social movement aimed at highlighting racism, discrimination, and racial inequality experienced by black individuals. Focused primarily on addressing incidents of police brutality and racially motivated violence, the movement has garnered widespread attention, notably through its use as a phrase and hashtag to underscore issues of racism and inequality, particularly in the wake of high-profile killings by law enforcement.

In its second year of including a schedule of Summits, Black Lives Matter Week at our school stands as a dedicated space for learning, listening, and understanding. As we embark on a new semester, this initiative plays a pivotal role in fostering collaboration between our educational institution and the wider community. With a keen focus on addressing pressing issues that impact GHS students, the week-long event explores topics ranging from the historical narratives of our community and the African diaspora to critical discussions on mental health, substance abuse, safety, and students’ rights.

Committed to nurturing a safe and supportive learning environment, we recognize the importance of engaging in informative sessions that empower students with knowledge and promote meaningful dialogue.