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    BLM At School - May 2021
    Posted on 05/16/2021
    Black Villages May 2021

    Family Communication

    This month we continue our commitment to the Black Lives Matter at School Year of Purpose by discussing the principle Black villages, celebrating Black Radical Educator Day, and specifically the work of Septima Clark. At Hazel Wolf we collectively care for one another and continue to create a supportive community. 

    Principle Definitions

    Black Villages: We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, and especially “our” children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.

    Black Villages is the disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics and a return to the “collective village” that takes care of each other.

    Kid Friendly: “There are lots of different kinds of families; what makes a family is that it’s people who take care of each other; those people might be related, or maybe they choose to be family together and to take care of each other. Sometimes, when it’s lots of families together, it can be called a village.”

    Possible Vocabulary

    Community  Village  Nuclear Family 

    Lesson Plans

    My Family Rocks

    Understanding My Family's History

    Lessons based on the poems by Don Tate

    Intergenerational, Black Villages, and Black Families


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