Black Lives Matter in Lewisham

A message from Pinaki Ghoshal, Lewisham’s Executive Director for Children and Young People and Angela Scattergood, Director of Education.

The Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan has published a statement on behalf of Lewisham Council in response to the killing of George Floyd in the United States. You can read the full statement here: Black Lives Matter in Lewisham

We believe that our schools and settings are key to tackling racism and other forms of discrimination. We will support all Lewisham schools and settings in their commitment to standing against racism and injustice, alongside and in solidarity with the local and global Black community.

Many of you will have watched news features about the shocking death of George Floyd at the hands of a policeman, which took place in America. Many of you will have seen pictures of people protesting against this racist killing and the #BlackLivesMatter campaign that has shone a light again on racism, injustice and prejudice in our world. You may be feeling shocked, scared, angry and upset. We want to let you know that we are all feeling this way here at Myatt Garden and that our strong reactions to such awful things are very normal and show how much we all care about ending racism and making things better.

We know that really positive things can happen in response to really awful things – people around the world are coming together to share their feelings and to call for changes so that this can never happen again. They believe, as we do at Myatt Garden that racism is wrong and that we need to stand up together against it. They believe, as we do, in fairness, respecting one another and celebrating the wonderful diversity in our world, in our school community, our local communities and everywhere. Our school community here at Myatt is united in love and respect for one another and we will always stand together.

Please talk about things. We want to encourage you to acknowledge your feelings and to talk about them and to share your thoughts about how we can all fight racism wherever we find it. All of us need to do this so that we can follow through our commitment to being anti-racist and to remembering and honouring George Floyd and all those who have been killed because of racism.

Our history is full of people who stood up and fought against injustice – lots of you will already have learnt about many of them at school. We can all lead by example, and we want you to know that we value and respect all of you, that we celebrate everyone and that we will fight racism, prejudice and discrimination wherever we find it, and work hard together to create a fairer, more equal, just society.

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