BFMS students take a stand against racism

Earlier today, students and staff at Ben Franklin Middle School gathered outside their building for a few minutes in a show of solidarity.

Just before 9:00 a.m., students and staff locked hands for one minute to stand united against racism. The event was held in conjunction with the YWCA Cass-Clay, and is part of a larger national movement by the YWCA, “Stand Against Racism.”

At BFMS, this morning’s event was the brainchild of students in Leslie Beadle’s 6th grade class, who brainstormed ways to participate. They came up with the creation of a video and a school-wide “stand.” The video is made up of students and staff holding three-word phrases related to racism. It is posted to YouTube; the students also emailed it to Good Morning America.

As part of today’s activities, Beadle’s class will hold a cultural feast, bringing food to share that is a part of their cultural ancestry.

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