An Open Letter from Principal Moss

June 1, 2020

Dear Bruce Bulldog Family,

We miss you all dearly! Although the school year is officially over I am writing to you with overwhelming feelings of sorrow, outrage and dismay following the actions that led to the death of George Floyd. In our school, approximately 80 percent of our students are African American and approximately 90 percent of our staff members are African American. My hope is that each of you understands your value and how much you and your life really matter. The recent killings, protests, and coverage have been permeating our televisions and social media accounts. If you all are like me, you may have experienced a variety of emotions, from confusion, frustration, disappointment, anger, and numbness. The countless attacks on African Americans, specifically African American males must come to an end.

Most importantly, we cannot remain silent. As a school community, we are here for each other and more than ever we need to reach out to our friends and neighbors and show the compassion, empathy and humanity everyone deserves. Our scholars may be experiencing lots of confusion due to the recent events occurring all over the world including here in Memphis. Our scholars may be wondering “Why is all of this happening?”, “Why are Black people under attack?”, and “Why are there constant murders impacting the Black community?” I do not have the answers, but what I will say is that people are hurt, disappointed, and demanding change.

We have been battling numerous emotions the past few months in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the recent events across the US has added unwarranted stress and tension to everyone’s lives. I want to validate any feelings that may be experienced, and let you all know that The Gentlemen’s League will be creating a safe space on Tuesday for boys of color. On Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 5 pm The Gentlemen’s League will be facilitating an online safe space for students in Grades 3-12. This will provide an opportunity to reflect on the recent events transpiring in America. Zoom Link: Password: Please message us for th password.

We will continue to ask for your support as we work to make Bruce Elementary School a school where all feel welcomed. We owe it to our community. I want our students, staff and families of color to know that we care, you are important, and you are not alone.

I hope you all continue to remain safe. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns. We are Bulldog Strong: Building the foundation for a better tomorrow. As always, Believe in Bruce!

With our children in mind,

Archie Moss, Jr., Principal