BUSD Black Lives Matter forum. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD
BUSD Black Lives Matter forum held on Dec. 17, 2014. Photo: Mark Coplan/BUSD

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Berkeley Unified School District held a Black Lives Matter forum for the district’s middle- and high-school students, as well as their families.

Conceived and organized by Charity DaMarto, BUSD’s supervisor of Family Engagement and Equity, and Director of Student Services Susan Craig, the event was held to discuss what the school community could do to respond to the social justice issues underlying the recent court decisions in the Ferguson and New York police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Watch the whole forum in the video below.

BUSD Superintendent Donald Evans acted as moderator at the forum, and the panel included Pastor Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center; Councilman Darryl Moore; Sheila Quintana, principal of Berkeley Technology Academy; and BHS Black Student Union President Kadijah Means.

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, councilman Laurie Capitelli, and Berkeley School Board president Judy Appel also attended he forum, which was held at BUSD headquarters at 2020 Bonar St.

Catch up on all Berkeleyside’s coverage of the protests and related issues.

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