BLM Week of Action

Black Lives Matters Week of Action in Schools at BHSEC Baltimore, February 1-5 2021

Black Lives Matter at School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education. Bard High School Early College Baltimore is proud to be part of this movement by sponsoring the following week’s worth of programming for Bard faculty, students, and families. To find out more about the Black Lives Matters in Schools movement and its Year of Purpose initiative, visit:

Monday, February 13:30 pm Dean’s Hour Presentation, “Talking Black: A Writing+Thinking Workshop on Language, Identity and Power” 

This seminar and writing workshop explores how culture shapes the language black people have used to speak truth to power. Students are invited to create and read  original impromptu pieces of their own, and to come learn about Bard’s spring writing contest!  Link to event available here.

Meeting ID: 878 5465 8382 Passcode: 315263

Tuesday, February 22:55-3:35 pm: Black @ Bard 

You are invited to join Black at Bard at Bard High School Early College Queens‘ fourth annual Black Lives Matter Day of Action! Black at Bard is an open discussion for Black students and alumni at Bard Early College institutions to talk about our experiences within the Bard community and about how we can strengthen this community in the future. The goal is to create connections and community for Black Bardians across campuses. 

Link to event available here! Meeting ID: 963 9159 1094 Passcode: 690905 

7:00 pm Black Lives Matters Community Forum on Police Corruption

Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg, authors of I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad, talk about their groundbreaking work on police misconduct in Baltimore. I Got a Monster offers a provocative perspective on current debates about police reform, its defunding, and its abolition. Come learn about the book, then stick around for what is sure to be a lively conversation afterward. Link to event available here. Meeting ID: 886 9129 4714 Passcode: 520699

Wednesday, February 3rd @ 2:00 pm Teacher PD on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy with LaToya Fernandez LaToya Fernandez, an activist, teacher, former school administrator, and candidate for mayor of San Jose, CA (2022) leads a workshop for educators to consider the question: In what ways do our teaching practices erase the histories of our students and prevent them from bringing their whole selves into the learning environment?

Thursday, February 4th  3:30 pm Dean’s Hour Students’ Forum: Queering the Curriculum, presented by GALIn this presentation, students from Bard’s Gifted and Advanced Learners program teach a lesson about LGBTQ+ literature we should ALL be reading and engaging with in our classrooms! Link available here. Meeting ID: 843 3315 7607 Passcode: 937487

7:00 pm Civic Engagement Speaker Event: Lessons in Student Empowerment w/ Noah Harris (Harvard, Class of ’22) Noah Harris, who is majoring in government and hails from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was recently elected as the first black male Student Body President in Harvard’s history. Mr. Harris holds various leadership positions on and off campus, and is also the author of the children’s book Successville that teaches kids they can do anything in life if they are willing to work hard in school, set goals, and develop talents. Come and learn what it is like being a student leader of color at one of America’s most elite academic institutions. Link available here. Meeting ID: 810 7127 1827 Passcode: 087092

Friday, February 5th  6:00 pm Student Writers’ Showcase presented by Writers in Baltimore Schools Student writers from across the city come to lend their voices to address the challenges we face in these troubled times. Come take part in the lyrical fire and feel the support of a community of student writers…and stay for the open mic! Link available here. Meeting ID: 841 2953 5386 Passcode: 743138

7:30 pm BLM at the Movies Watch Party: Blade (1998)The “final cut” for BLM Week of Action in Schools takes us to a forgotten cinematic gem of the Marvel Comics Universe. Before there was Black Panther, the story about a black half-human, half-vampire “daywalker” became the template for the multibillion dollar film franchise we are familiar with today. Grab some popcorn and end BLM Week of Action in Schools with a “Bard-flix+chill” session. Link available here. Meeting ID: 841 2953 5386 Passcode: 743138. **** Students, please note that you will need to fill out this permission slip in order to attend the virtual movie event. You can submit the completed form to Dr. Oray at [email protected]

In addition to these Bard sponsored events, check out other opportunities to explore black culture and history:

Why African American Poetry Matters: With Kris Bowers, Amanda Gorman, Robin Coste Lewis, Safiya Sinclair, and Kevin Young

Thursday, January 28, 8:00 pm ET

As part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles joins the nationwide celebration of 250 years of African American poetry, on the occasion of the release of the Library of America anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, edited by Kevin Young. This program will include a special reading of these poems that address questions of identity, race, place, voice, and the richness and diversity of African American poetic imagination.

Registration required:

Saturday, February 13 @ 2:00 pmAnnual Lucille Clifton Celebration: Today We Are Possible

On the anniversary of Lucille Clifton’s passing, join Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Clifton House in a celebration of her generous spirit and writing. 

Registration not required, but encouraged. Click here to register through Eventbrite.

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