Black Lives Matter

To all who are taking part in the momentous struggle to eradicate systemic racism from American life, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center thanks you.

Like you, we know that Black Lives Matter.

George Floyd (1973-2020), Tony McDade (1982-2020), Breonna Taylor (1993-2020), Ahmaud Arbery (1994-2020), Atatiana Jefferson (1990-2019), Botham Jean (1991-2018), Stephon Clark (1995-2018), Philando Castile (1983-2016), Sandra Bland (1987-2015), Freddie Gray (1989-2015), Walter Scott (1964-2015), Tamir Rice (2002-2014), Michael Brown (1996-2014), Eric Garner (1990-2014), Trayvon Martin (1995-2012), and countless others…

Their lives mattered.

The relentless, centuries-old, racism-fueled taking of Black lives in America must end. Systemic police brutality must end.

We want to help bring about the change that our country, our community, our neighbors, and our very own institution need. We haven’t figured out the steps we need to take yet, but we are working on it. And we look forward to taking them. Because we are holding fast to a dream of a better future.

We owe that much to all those who have suffered and died. And we owe it to the generations to come, who deserve to be free of the scourge of racism that has plagued America for the past 401 years.

To those of you wishing to support the meaningful, courageous work being done to bring us all into the light, we encourage you to donate your time, talent, and treasure to these organizations and funds operating on a national scale and to the indispensable Vermont-based organizations listed below:

ACLU of Vermont
Justice for All
Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante
Peace & Justice Center of Vermont
Rights & Democracy VT
The Root Social Justice Center
Vermont Racial Justice Alliance