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    RBHS Students Among the Winners of the 2020 Black Education Matters Student Activist Award (BEMSAA)
    Posted on 07/09/2020
    awardRainier Beach High School students Angelina Riley and Kidist Habte are among the winners of the 2020 Black Education Matters Student Activist Award (BEMSAA). The award recognizes deserving Seattle Public Schools students who demonstrate exceptional leadership in struggles for social justice and against institutional racism.

    Angelina is a Rainier Beach High School junior and incoming president of the Seattle King County NAACP Youth Council. Angelina helped write a petition asking the district to no longer allow police in the schools that garnered some 18,000 signatures in a few days and led to the Seattle Public Schools announcement that police would be removed from the schools for a year.

    Kidist is a co-founder of Black and Brown Minds Matter and is a junior at Rainier Beach High School. As Parent Map wrote, “She helped conceive of and organize the group’s inaugural Sept. 4 rally to raise awareness of funding inequities across the district, many of which are caused by the under-projection of school enrollment numbers that results year after year in budget cuts and under-resourcing of Seattle Public Schools serving students in South Seattle.” She also helped organize the petition to remove police from schools that received over 18,000 signatures in a few days and led to the Seattle Public Schools announcement that police would be removed from the schools for a year.

    Please follow this link to read more about the award and this year's winners.