The Black Alum Activates Arlington through Art

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For over 400 years, Black people have endured systemic racism, overt racism, microaggressions, and basic human rights. Over time, progress has been made with the Civil Rights Movement as well as with the most recent movement: Black Lives Matter. Over the past couple of months, the world has watched the horrors that Black people endure, including the disparities within the deaths of COVID-19 and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmed Aubrey, and countless others we have seen over the years.

With the nationwide and worldwide anger, which has been sparked by the murder of George Floyd, change has been called upon. We want change. America needs to change. The world needs to change.

As The Black Alum in support of the Black Student Union, we have been fighting for this change and for equity for all races within the Arlington Public School System. In light of this movement, we are proposing numerous symbols of change throughout the town to resemble the work being done and the change we yearn for. 

We are writing this petition to ask the Arlington School Committee to help us transform the fence on the outside of Arlington High School into an Art Installation/Mural. It would be a place where residents of Arlington could come together and recognize the power of the movement. We are also asking for a banner stating ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ to be hung outside of the Robbins Library to show the support we have from Arlington for this movement. The fact that the library is a place of education reinforces the idea that the youth are strengthening BLACK LIVES MATTER and how all people, despite their race, deserve equal access to education.

History is changing. We are changing. It is time to use the momentum that the world has right now to enforce true change. We ask that you sign this petition and take that small step with us to change. What side of history will you be on?