Does this worry you, that Black Lives Matter organizers are becoming teachers of America’s future leaders?
The group of Black Lives Matter activists who have become educators counts some high-profile members among its ranks. Deray McKesson, prominent in the Ferguson protests, was appointed the interim head of human capital for Baltimore schools in June (before the Mike Brown protests in Ferguson, he was the senior director of human capital in the Minneapolis Public School system). Brittany Packnett, also a prominent Ferguson protestor, is the current vice president of Teach for America’s National Community Alliances; she got her start as an educator for Teach for America, where she created the organization’s first equity agenda.
But the group is larger than its most well-known educators, and there are many whose individual stories haven’t been told. Last month, over 2,000 Seattle-area educators showed their support by wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts and holding rallies for the movement during Seattle Public Schools’ “day of unity.” (The event was not sponsored by the school district.) In March of last year, 115 researchers and academics signed a letter in support of protestors being charged after a peaceful demonstration at the Mall of America.