Los Angeles Schools ‘asks students to make a pledge to Black Lives Matter’


Los Angeles Unified School District posted “Advisory Lessons” created to “honor Black History,” with teachers “welcome to teach these lessons all throughout the year.” At Theodore Roosevelt High School, teachers received slides from Black Lives Matter, infused with critical race theory, including “asking all students in the school to make a pledge to Black Lives Matter.” Another slide encouraged “Black Villages – the disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics and a return to the ‘collective village’ that takes care of each other.”

Slide No. 1 including these notes: 

We will be growing our ability to live into our values and ask ourselves some tough questions. 

The hope with this week’s content is to begin doing some of the identity work (Muhummad, 2020) with ourselves to grow as people. Take a listen to the educator, author, facilitator, Lalena Garcia whose work and words inspired our content. 

Slide No. 1 included as a “Resource” a link to a YouTube video about “Black Lives Matter: 13 Guiding Principles,” posted by Kendall Demonstration Elementary School, a demonstration schools of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University.

Another “Resource” included: “1 pager of principles,” “The Guiding Principles of Black Lives Matter.