Yesterday, Sunday, March 21, began the 2021 Week of Solidarity With the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination. The theme for this year’s commemoration week, “Youth Standing Up Against Racism,” incorporates the invaluable perspective of young people who are leading the charge against racism and racial discrimination in all levels of society.
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial discrimination has increased with exacerbated racial disparities in education and employment opportunities. Yet over the past year, the power of youth in advocating for racial justice worldwide has been on full display. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, young people mobilized on the streets and through social media to voice their support for equality and anti-discrimination.
We commend the resilience of youth as they fight racism during these unprecedented times and recognize the need to support them as they stand up for equal rights for all. Education, which is paramount to building youth capacity to forge change in our global society, must remain both an anchor of support and a beacon for a more equal and just future.
To continue to foster a strong belief in social justice within the education sector, refer to the three virtual events listed below that are happening this week. These events equip educators and families with tools to discuss race and injustice. Please consider registering for these free events and sharing them with your colleagues and friends:
Teaching Anti-Racism and Social Justice with Nickelodeon & Noggin
Tuesday, March 23 (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT)
Culturally Responsive Education and Anti-Racism
Tuesday, March 23 (6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. EDT)
Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Wednesday, March 24 (2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT)