Stand Up For Our Students

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. 

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.

Learn more about Kola

Support the March

We need your support. Donate today to support the March for Black Students and the ongoing work of Parents of Black Children.
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Meet at Nathan Phillips Square

We will March from Nathan Phillips Square/Toronto City Hall to Queen’s Park on Saturday, August 7 at 2:00 pm. 

How to Prepare

1. Bring water to keep yourself hydrated and a sign to show your support.

2. Masks are mandatory.

3. Check the weather the day of the march. Be prepared to be outside for a long period of time. 

4. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes; we will be marching more than 1 km. 

5. When posting on Twitter, please tag
@PoBCadvocate and @VACAORG and 
use the hashtag #marchforblackstudents and #endsystemsabuse

6. For more information on how to march safely, click here. 

March Organized & Led By

Parents of Black Children