Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) unequivocally affirms that Black Lives Matter and that the
horror of systemic racism and violence perpetrated against Black people must end.

The mission of the Maine Music Educators Association is to promote and advance music education for all
students. Affirming that Black Lives Matter everywhere—in our classrooms and communities—is
fundamental to our mission as an organization. MMEA has not done enough to address systemic racism
and to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

Our practices and curricula must elevate the lives, voices, experiences, cultures, and histories of Black
and other marginalized people. We must begin by addressing gaps in our knowledge. We are called to
fundamentally transform the school experiences of our students, shifting from non-racist to true anti-racist
teaching. This requires continuous and deliberate reflection and change within MMEA, as well as at an
individual, school, and district level.

Effecting change is going to be long term, challenging and sometimes uncomfortable, but it is necessary.
MMEA is committed to supporting music educators, students, performing artists, and community
members as we begin this work.

We must listen to and amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We must do it
together. In the coming weeks, the MMEA will provide resources while preliminary actionable steps are
developed. We invite you to join us with this important work.

Black Lives Matter