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ACPS Honors Juneteenth with Resolution Condemning Racism

The Alexandria City School Board will affirm their stand against racism on Juneteenth by signing a resolution condemning systemic racism, and affirming a commitment to educational equity for all students, families and staff.

The School Board will vote to approve the resolution at noon on Friday, June 19— the day known as Freedom Day, which honors the ending of slavery in the United States.

Highlights from the resolution include:

“We recognize that national protests demanding justice for Mr. Floyd have highlighted the systemic racism and injustice that have long persisted in our country. 

We condemn racism and hate in our schools and our society, and must work to protect the Constitutional rights and inherent dignity of every person who lives, works and learns in our community.

We cannot be silent. We must urgently act to stop the racial injustices and structural inequities that harm and anguish Black and Brown people, who are our family, friends, neighbors, students, staff members and fellow Americans.

We must listen. We must engage in critical self-reflection as we listen to those who have endured centuries of discrimination and intolerance, and who deserve to be heard as they share the truth of their stories, experiences and feelings; and we must seek with great empathy to understand their challenges and their pain.

We must learn. It is time to engage our community in meaningful and honest conversations about racial injustice, to build alliances with those committed to justice for all, and to work together to support our shared conviction that racism must end.”

Read the School Board resolution in full.

You can tune in to watch the School Board meeting at noon on Friday via the Zoom link on the School Board page of the ACPS website, or via ACPS-TV.