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Knowledge is Power

Let’s begin to understand racism as a system into which we have all been socialized, recognize our systemic racial patterns to support our learning and growth, and put our energy into engaging in ongoing self awareness, continuing education, relationship building and actual anti-racist practice. 

We know our students and families are disproportionately affected by the same injustices that took the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and countless others, and we are committed to the causes of racial justice and equitable opportunity, both for our students and families at KIPP, and for the country in which we live.

Please find resources below to help you carve out your path to social justice, equitable opportunity and help us all be the change we wish to see in the world.

Resources For Change

Get Informed

Learn about race and anti-racism in America.

Take Action

Take steps to support and encourage reform.

Get Engaged

Engage with organizations on the front lines.

Black History Always.

Our celebration of Black Lives & Black History extends beyond the month of February. We create engaging, joyful, community responsive learning opportunities for every member of our school communities. Through this work, we create an environment where KIPPsters know that celebrating a beautiful, complex, and complete history of Black people globally lifts our entire community toward liberation for all.

In Community

Featured Organizations

Local, State, & National community-centric organizations committed to equity & inclusion advocacy.

Anti-Racism Resources

Amplifying a variety of resources for our communities to help deepen anti-racism work.

KIPP Voices

We are committed to dismantling white supremacy and practicing a pedagogy of justice to build a more just world.

A Message from CEO In Residence, Angella Martinez

Today, and everyday, Black Lives Matter.

We learned that the jury reached a verdict that brought accountability and hopefully peace to the family of George Floyd. "Daddy changed the world!" - Gianna Floyd

This statement will always be true, and it will serve as a reminder for all of us. The work is not done. We continue to push for the many others for whom justice has not been reached - including Daunte Wright, who was murdered in the same county as George Floyd. We continue to see that Black lives do not matter in so many other instances. This verdict is simply an acknowledgement of the truth of what happened to George Floyd. Even with this acknowledgement, it doesn't bring comfort. The verdict doesn't make us feel safe. It doesn't make our Black students and students of color feel protected. And, perhaps, it is a start. We want to encourage you to continue to make space for all the feelings that might be coming up with this decision. Lean into your support systems. Create spaces to share with those team members that you have built trust with. 

What does this mean for our team?

We keep going. We keep creating spaces. We keep using our voices, both collectively and on our individual platforms. We build up our students. Let them know that there is beauty and strength in their diversity. We build each other up. We continue to reflect on the things we have not gotten right, the work we have yet to accomplish, and continue to share the many success stories that each of us have contributed to.

What does it mean for our students? 

We acknowledge truths. We don't avoid. We create space. We share our thoughts. We listen to our students’ voices.  We allow for silence when needed. We encourage our students. We cry with our students. We laugh when appropriate. We celebrate. We remain hopeful.
 
Take moments to breathe. As we continue to do such important work, know that making the space for what we need as individuals is critical as we heal through this moment in time. 
 

I will end with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”  

Today, and everyday, Black Lives Matter.

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