HMTCA Seniors Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

HMTCA Seniors Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

On June 5, 2020, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA) seniors were preparing for their unique graduation by picking up their caps and gowns, lawn signs, and graduation information from school staff in the inner loop of the Learning Corridor (where they will also pick up their diplomas in a safe, rolling ceremony on June 9.)

The students were also the first to volunteer to sign a large, alumna-designed banner which honors the Black Lives Matter movement. The banner states, “We see you. We hear you.” This gesture of signing the banner is a powerful, collective, and lasting statement by the students and the staff; a commitment to the movement.

Principal Julie Goldstein states, “At HMTCA, we are using the tragic event of George Floyd’s death and other similar deaths due to police brutality as a part of our academic and cultural learning and responsibility as a community. This week we have held conversations with staff, students and our families and we are coming together by name to demonstrate our show of support to celebrate our students, to commit to grow as a community, to do our part to influence the end systemic of racism, and ensure a safe and equitable law enforcement and criminal justice system.”

Principal Goldstein and senior, Adriana discuss the inception of the banner idea.

When schools re-open, the banner will then be available for all students, staff, and families to sign.

For more information about this project, please contact:

Julie Goldstein, Principal, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy