Black Excellence

  • Sharing cultural differences in safe spaces

    "I thought there should be a different class that talks about black people. Especially about sexual assault because I feel black women are less likely to report that."
  • Cracking the Code at Mendota Community School

    We talk to Behavior Education Assistant (BEA) Shennon Williams about the importance of her role in building community at Mendota Elementary.
  • Learn Your History and Impact the World

    Noah Anderson defines his own excellence as his “Blackness.” - “Being from a lineage or a people or creed that went through so much and is still coming back up is amazing,” says Noah.
  • Changing Lives - One Student at a Time

    John Milton greets La Follette High School’s Black Student Union members with a commanding presence. These teens know the BSU drill—some nosh, others discuss agenda issues, some do both.
  • The Power of Leadership

    Dija Manly understands the power of leadership and the effects of action.
  • Black Excellence means that I'm not alone

    C.J. Green has a tough story to tell and he shares it openly and with love and hope. “Hatred never gets you anywhere,” he says.
  • Quiet Warrior

    “Alana is a quiet warrior who is strong in her opinions and beliefs about justice and fairness for everyone,” says dad Kaleem Caire.
  • Black History Makers Among Us

    Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, State Representative Sheila Stubbs and others share their trailblazing stories with Memorial High School students.
  • Seeking leadership in his community and culture

    “He leads by example and with kindness, and challenges us to be better and do better because of the example he sets.”
  • The world is her classroom

    She's traveled to 36 states and four countries and is encouraged to learn from the world around her more than the classroom.
  • Finding Meaning from Disparity

    Dakarai Clay has a dilemma. He’s been accepted into eight colleges, with three top picks—LSU, DePaul or Northern Illinois University—but was rejected by UW-Madison, his first choice.
  • Leading by Example

    La Follette student, Savanna Lee shares her perspective and experiences as an MMSD Student.