This article by Bob Audette originally appeared April 24 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
BRATTLEBORO — At the request of several students, the Black Lives Matter flag will be hoisted on flagpoles at Brattleboro Union High School, Brattleboro Area Middle School and the Windham Regional Career Center on May 4, which is Diversity Day in Brattleboro.
“This is totally student driven,” Ricky Davidson, chairman of the BUHS #6 School Board, told the Reformer on Tuesday. “As a school board member and an adult in the community, I am glad to give them a voice and give them an opportunity to speak and be heard.”
Davidson said that after the presentation by the students Monday night, the board voted unanimously to allow the raising of the flag. “Everyone agreed that it was appropriate to fly at the schools,” he said.
The board first heard about the proposal at its April 2 meeting, when three students from BAMS, with the support of principal Keith Lyman, asked for permission to fly the flag.
The three teens — Mya Satchell, Kia Adams and Diamond Bedward — are members of the BAMS Aware Group, which was started in 1998 at Brattleboro Union High School to support students of color in the community.
“Raising the flag represents not just black people but all people of color,” Satchell said during the April 2 meeting, which the Reformer viewed on the BCTV website. Satchell said they are considering adding patches to the flag for other marginalized groups, such as the LGBTQ community.
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