Friends for Equity and Justice

We're listening.

"Words and thoughts may create a sense of solace for some, but are temporary for others. Further action and work are needed. Please remember that this is just a start, one that has been started many times before—each time we are reminded of injustice and racism, each time these horrible acts are brought to our attention. Let’s work together to move beyond this starting point into sustainable, effective action." 
— Director of Equity, Justice, and Community Natalie Randolph ’98

Recent Communications

Sidwell Friends Board of Trustees

Ongoing police brutality against Black Americans and recent demonstrations have once again revealed that racism is woven deeply into our consciousness, society, and institutions, including Sidwell Friends School, from which the Board of Trustees banned the admission of Black students until 1956.

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Head of School Bryan Garman

Dismayed and grieving citizens are protesting the heinous murders of George Floyd, Amaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor in the District and around the nation, shaking us from our pandemic-focused stupor and reintroducing us to our nightmarish history of committing violence against people of color, a history that our nation and many of its historians have sought to bury under the notion of American exceptionalism.

Read More about A Message from Bryan K. Garman
Head of School Bryan Garman

The honoring of Martin Luther King Jr., the arrival of Black History Month, and the occasion of the Black Student Union production this week provide opportunities to come together as a community and reflect on our past.

Read More about Learning From Our Past

Chain of Silence Photos

Expressing Our Voices

“I have a lot to say about current events and I did my best to convey that through this drawing.” Thank you to Graciana '26 for sharing her artwork as a reflection of this time. Art is one way of expressing her voice, and there are many, many more ways to be heard.

Sidwell Friends School encourages Upper School students to produce student publications that enrich and challenge students, writers, and readers. View the latest issue of 1969, the Black Student Union publication, at the link above.