Chris Ford
Black Lives Matter

Students of BSA, I write to you today with a feeling of profound sadness from the continuing effects of systemic racism and police brutality throughout our country.

In speaking for the Baltimore School for the Arts community, we condemn, in the strongest possible way, the police murders that have taken the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many other Black American citizens.

We grieve their loss. We acknowledge the hurt and deep trauma that anti-Blackness is wreaking on Black Americans across our country.

Here at BSA we are taking steps to begin a dialogue about the lack of equity in our community and its historic and current impact on Black Americans. Today at 2 pm the Black Student Union and its faculty advisors will lead a forum. Information on how to attend was sent to all this morning.

If we were all in the building, we could process and respond to these troubling events together, face-to-face. We are so sorry that we are unable to meet in that way at this time.

We are very proud of your actions and activism as you stand for justice in our community. We fully support your brave choices as we all navigate this very challenging time.

If there is a glimmer of hope at this point, it is you, the students of BSA. You are brilliant and inspiring. You are creative and supportive. You care. You have within you all the positive impulses and productive energy that can change our society for the better.

Please know that we value and support you.

Chris Ford