Stand Up For Our Students
March for Black Students 2021
**NEW** IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE MARCH FOR BLACK STUDENTS 2021
Join us on Saturday, August 7 for the March for Black Students
The first annual March for Black Students took place in August of 2020.
In the year since, we have seen a number of changes within the education system thanks to the 10 demands issued as part of last year’s march. However, these changes do not go far enough and are not clear enough to offer significant impacts for Black children.
More concerningly, in our work with parents across this province, Parents of Black Children is seeing first hands how systems and institutions are harming our children without any accountability. We define this as ‘systems abuse‘. Systems abuse is the collusion of systems to protect each other amidst the harm of Black children. Children’s Aid Societies for example know the impact that ‘trite’ or malicious reporting has on Black families, yet does nothing to hold School Boards accountable for these reports. The education, child welfare, prison pipeline needs to STOP.
In this movement, we all need to show up and do our part for Black students who are simply asking for equity in education and a peaceful educational experience.
Join us on Saturday, August 7 in our second March for Black Students and show your support.
NEED TRANSPORTATION TO THE MARCH: BOOK YOUR FREE SPOT ON A BUS TO THE AND FROM THE MARCH.
(Masks must be worn to board the buses. Spots are available on a first come first serve basis. Space is limited!)
We March in Memory of Kola Iluyomade
Kola Iluyomade was our friend, colleague and a fierce advocate for equity and social justice. He was also the founder of the organization Advocacy Peel. Kola was also a member of the Parents of Black Children team and worked for a time as our first Project Manager for the United Parents project. We are heartbroken by his loss, but determined to continue his fight for justice for our children. Last year we marched WITH Kola this year we march in his memory. We march to carry on his legacy and we march to share the burden of activism and advocacy.
Meet at Nathan Phillips Square
**NEW** We will do a drive-by procession from Nathan Phillips Square/Toronto City Hall to Queen’s Park on Saturday, August 7 at 1:00 pm.
How to Prepare
1. We will be doing a drive-by procession instad of marching on foot. Bring your flags, signs, and horns to show your support.
2. Meet in your car at Nathan Phillips Square/Toronto City Hall by 1:00 pm. Cars can line up along Queen St onto Bay St.
3. At 1:00 we will drive up Queen, turn on to University, and head to Queen’s Park. We will do 2 loops of Queen’s Park.
4. Stay tuned to @PoBCAdvocate on Twitter and Facebook for our virtual speaker series throughout the day.