Ward says she feels fortunate to be one of the people that led the effort for this event at her campus.
“For this specific event, I hope that our students felt celebrated. I also hope that they left knowing what our commitment is to them as Black male students,” Ward said, “I hope that they know Hansberry is a safe space for our Black boys. And I hope they know that the network also wants to ensure that Hansberry is a safe space for them as well.”
Muchin College Prep, Jackson’s campus, will hold their Black Boy Joy social later this month. Jackson hopes the event will greatly impact our Black boys’ school experience.
“I think that having such a unique space at school to be in solidarity with people who look like them can do huge things for how they approach school, how they see school, and how they build their community at school,” Jackson said.
Jackson and Ward are also excited about the other two events:
“I’m really excited! I think that, at least for Hansberry, I’m excited because I feel like, for all of the staff members here, it’s been a long time coming. We’ve been wanting to do something like this,” Ward said, “Our students are even more excited because they see the necessity in such events.”
“All these things are helping to build bridges and build supports for our Black scholars,” Jackson said, “Some of the stuff is very simple, it’s very basic, but I really do believe that they’re building the foundation for what is to come.”