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    2020 Pan-African Flag Raising Ceremony
    Posted on 02/07/2020
    Pan-African flag raising

    Seattle Public Schools Leaders and Staff Gather for Pan-African Flag Raising Ceremony

    On February 3, Seattle Public Schools central office community gathered together to raise the Pan-African flag outside of the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence to mark the beginning of Black History Month.

     

    image of group watching flag raisingFamily Partnerships Manager Anita Koyier-Mwamba Chief of Equity Partnerships and Engagement Keisha Scarlett, Superintendent Denise Juneau, Director of Stakeholder Engagement Kirk Mead, and Director of African American Male Achievement Mia Williams welcomed the crowd.

    They spoke about highlighting and supporting the Black Excellence of our district staff, teachers, and students.

    “We don’t need to be just talking about Black Excellence,” Mead said. “We need to prop it up. We need to invest in it.”

     

    Flag RaisingThrough the district’s five-year strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, Seattle Public Schools is investing in our students of color furthest away from educational justice, beginning with African American boys and young men. SPS is unapologetically committed to addressing racism in our educational system to ensure students graduate prepared college, a career, and community participation.

    “We are only doing well if every single one of our children is doing well,” Dr. Scarlett said in her introduction to the flag raising. “And if our Black children are not doing well in our system, then none of us are doing well.”

    Staff and attendees learned more about the history of the Pan-African flag and joined in singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before raising the flag. This event was initiated and created by Black district staff. It honors and celebrates the district’s commitment to creating welcoming environments in every classroom, school, and throughout central office to support student learning.

    The flag will be flown during the month of February as a visible symbol of our commitment.

    Thank you to the Black History Month planning team and the JSCEE Climate and Culture Committee for putting together this event!

    Watch a video of the event here:

    Learn more about African American Male Achievement at Seattle Public Schools.

    Learn more about our five-year strategic plan, Seattle Excellence.