Mount Abe students to raise Black Lives Matter flag

BRISTOL — Students at Mount Abraham Union High School will raise the Black Lives Matter Flag at the school on Nov. 20 in conjunction with multiple ongoing actions to address racism within the community. 

“We believe that Mount Abraham needs to put more effort into becoming an actively antiracist institution,” students who organized the raising of the flag said a press release. “We believe that action steps such as educational resources, diverse curriculum, and the elevation of local Black, Indigenous, People of Color’s voices will aid in this endeavor.”

In 2018, Mount Abe’s Community Council — a group of student, faculty, community and school board representatives — passed a proposal to raise the BLM flag. Though the proposal passed, no steps were taken to raise the flag until now. In a collaborative effort with the student led Community Council, Mount Abraham Student Activism group and the school’s Diversity and Equity Committee approved actions of the original proposal have been met.

The BLM flag raising will take place in front of the school at 8:20 a.m. next Friday.

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