Seattle teachers wore Black Lives Matter shirts to school in powerful moment of solidarity

Seattle teachers wore Black Lives Matter shirts to school in powerful moment of solidarity

On Wednesday, 2,000 teachers in Seattle — alongside parents and students — wore Black Lives Matter shirts to protest against police brutality and promote racial equity, the Associated Press and KING 5 News report.

Teachers organizing the #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool event told AP they held discussions about institutional racism and black history and used the event to rally people together. 

A Seattle Public Schools spokesman said in a statement that the district supported the teachers' efforts and said it supports their First Amendment rights.

"We are united in our commitment to eliminate opportunity gaps," a Seattle Public Schools spokesman said, according to the AP and KING 5 News. "Teachers have a First Amendment right to wear their speech. We respect our teachers' rights and desire to express themselves. T-shirts are a good visual. We hope the message inspires people to do the work on eliminating opportunity gaps."

Here are several photos that capture the powerful event in Seattle: