Students at Hayfield Secondary School taught during BLM Week to emulate Black Panthers in response to Virginia governor’s education policy


Students at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Virginia honored BLM at School Week by learning about “Community as Resistance”, according to DC Educators for Social Justice.

A history teacher, who is a member of DC Educators for Social Justice, used the “Black Panther Party as a primary focal point, students explored “Community as Resistance.”

The Black Panthers were a political group, founded in the 1960s. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) describes them as, “a black extremist organization founded in Oakland, California in 1966. It advocated the use of violence and guerilla tactics to overthrow the U.S. government.”

Students at Hayfield also conducted “teach-ins via structured lessons” to 7th grade students. DC Area Educators for Justice describes the teach-ins as “These teach-ins are an example of community action to directly respond to the attacks on teaching the truth in the state of Virginia under governor Glen Younkin’s administration.”