100 Black Parents Meeting on Garfield
Before starting this thread I want to acknowledge that long-time (and beloved) staffer, Joe Bland, died on August 11th. From the Garfield PTSA Facebook page:
Joe was a cherished presence at Garfield High School for almost 30 years where he worked as a teachers assistant in the gym (basketball, volleyball and wrestling), with the kids in detention and the incoming freshmen in the Bridge Program. His warmth and kindness touched so many.I went to this meeting truly not knowing what to expect.
First, kudos to the 100 Black Parents group. The meeting was well-organized, they had water available (it was hot - I brought a hand fan), an well-thought out agenda and even a door prize.
The meeting was led by Anita Adams (who works for the Mayor's office as an advisor but I believe was only there as a 100 Black Parents member) and Chukundi Salisbury (who owns a media company but again, was there as a 100 Black Parents leader.)
Second, the meeting featured an elder, Mrs Horton, who said that they wouldn't have a prayer as they normally would to start the meeting (I think in deference to the topic and that not all in the meeting might be members of Mt. Zion Baptist) but we had a moment of silence. At the end, she said, "Amen." I had to smile.
Mr. Salisbury set a very easy-going tone and said that sometimes African-American parents can be "reactive" but that this meeting was about being "proactive." He said he wanted the focus on not what has or had not happened but what their group wants to see happen.
He also said that while the teachers were here to talk about Honors for All, that Seattle Schools Community Forum: 100 Black Parents Meeting on Garfield:
Seattle Schools Community Forum: KUOW Looking for Input - http://saveseattleschools.blogspot.com/2016/08/kuow-looking-for-input.html