For over a century, the Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. County Branch of the NAACP
has been promoting the dream of equality and opportunity for all.
It is time again to nominate a worthy student activist who has spoken out against racism and for social justice!
In January of 2015, Jesse Hagopian gave the final speech at Seattle’s Martin Luther King Day rally. Not long after, he was pepper-sprayed in the face without provocation by an officer of the Seattle Police Department. The incident was captured on video by an onlooker. He then filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department and reached a settlement over the incident.
Using the proceeds from his settlement, Jesse started the Black Education Matters Student Activist Award (BEMSAA) to honor the amazing activism of youth in Seattle three years ago.
The nominations are open now through May 5th for the Black Education Matters Student Activist Award. The Award gives recognition, support, and a $1,000 award to student leaders in the Seattle Public Schools who demonstrate exceptional leadership in struggles against racism—especially with an understanding of the intersections with sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamaphobia, class exploitation and other forms of oppression—within their school or community.
You can learn more about the “Award and nominate a student by visiting the website: www.blackeducationmatters.org
Looking for an after school program where you can explore your passion and share your talents?
Are you a student in 9-12th grade interested in showcasing your singing, design, or writing talents? Do you know a student who does?
The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
ACT-SO relies on community volunteers and business leaders to serve as mentors and coaches in promoting academic and artistic excellence among African-American and Hispanic students. By providing an arena where students strive to excel in the sciences, arts and humanities, ACT-SO equips its participants with the skills to live meaningful lives.
ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition. For more information on specific categories CLICK HERE.
ACT-SO recruits students annually and conducts annual Academic Olympic competitions for students in grades 9th - 12th in NAACP Branches throughout the country. First place local winners then compete with youth from other cities at the National ACT-SO finals held during our National Convention.
To learn more about the program and the specific categories and application process email us at email@example.com.
2018 Workshop and Competition Dates:
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Mural in West Seattle featuring NAACP ACT-SO participant Mahala Provost! Way to go, Mahala, we're so proud of you! Thanks to the artist who painted this brilliant piece.
March 6, 2018
Bring your questions about teacher diversity in Washington schools to the second annual #EducationSoWhite
The Seattle Times
This year’s event, which is co-presented by Education Lab, is an encore to last year’s discussion, where a panel of education equity advocates and teachers of color discussed teacher diversity and turnover, inclusion for students from marginalized groups and the school-to-prison pipeline.
February 15, 2018
End Death Penalty: Unjust and Costly
OpEd by Vice President Sheley Secrest and President Gerald Hankerson
The Seattle Times
Since the 1500s, Lady Justice has been depicted wearing a blindfold representing impartiality. However, to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and many blacks living in Washington state, she sees clearly in vivid color.
February 15, 2018
Seattle youth on the rise for Black Lives Matter
At Garfield High School, it was student Jelani Howard who led the football team in kneeling during the national anthem. At Rainier Beach High School, student Elijah Lewis is part of a new local Youth Coalition for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to “unite anti-racist groups across Seattle to demand a seat at the table.”...“I’m a young activist that is actively fighting for my community, by speaking out and informing others to become young leaders,” he said in a recent post. “My plan is to reverse some of the negative effects of gentrification, and speak for those who are silent. The time is now to stand on what you believe in.”
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