Monday, January 16, 2023, is United In Black Day. United In Black Day promotes and encourages OCSB students and staff to show their support for the Black community by standing firm against racism. As a sign of solidarity, the OCSB community will be asked to wear black to signify their commitment to anti-Black racism. Together we will lend our voices and speak out against deeply-rooted systemic inequities that deny access to resources, infrastructure and opportunities to the Black community.
Wearing black on United In Black Day promotes
- Awareness – Raising awareness of the systemic barriers that affect the Black community.
- Action – Standing against anti-Black racism.
- Capacity – Making room within ourselves to build the capacity for understanding by learning what anti-Black racism is and is not.
- Deep Learning – Combining our Deep Learning practice and theory from the UN’s International Decade of People of African Descent to implement activities that promote Black culture and support Black communities.
- Community – A shared commitment to Be Community guided by the OCSB’s framework for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Show your Support for United In Black Day
You can show your support for United In Black Day online by using the hashtag #ocsbUnitedInBlack. Be sure to follow along on Twitter and join the conversation!
How can we do more to support United In Black Day?
The OCSB Equity team and OCSB Black Educator Network are great resources to depend on if you are looking for more ways to support United In Black Day. Both teams created this day for the wider OCSB Community to bring awareness to this cause.
What Happened to Black Shirt Day?
United In Black Day is Black Shirt Day with a new name and a bigger stage. The name change brings the connection to social justice reform front and centre. This helps us to continue to promote the kind of action we would like the community to take in supporting it.