In our commitment to transform our district into a place where our Black staff, students and families will thrive, we intentionally asked for help from family members, community members, activists, educators and students who have the lived experiences of being Black in Madison and the District.
The Black Excellence Coalition and members of the Black Excellence Think Tank provided a set of recommendations at the June 2019 school board meeting aimed at embedding, amplifying ad agitating for Black Excellence. Their recommendations, created by and with Black people, aim to identify and change the conditions that have impeded and continue to impede the expression and nurturance of Black Excellence in the district. We are grateful for the time, talent and insistence to keep pushing forward.
As one of our African American 6th grade students at Cherokee Middle School said in response to a survey sent to middle and high school students about Black Excellence, “Black excellence is every African- American person, it is not described by what they do but what they strive for and believe. (Black excellence is just being yourself).”