William P. Jackson

William P. Jackson
Location: Durham, North Carolina Cohort Start Year: 2018 Project Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Education, Health Care Access, IT/Technology, Public, Population and Community Health Populations Served: African-American/Black, Children and Families, Foster Youth and Families, Low-Income Communities
Chief Dreamer
Village of Wisdom

William imagines a day when parents of black children don’t have to prepare them for the emotional and mental harm that is associated with experiencing racial discrimination. In fact, William imagines a day where the schools black children attend feed and grow their mental and emotional health by affirming the culture, contributions, and history of their ancestors. Unfortunately, in 2018, research suggests that more than 90 percent of black high school students experience some form of racial discrimination in school. William’s work through Village of Wisdom is supporting black families and communities as they build their capacity to heal their children from the trauma of experiencing racial bias. As well, he works with families as they imagine the affirming environments they want their children to learn in, and then works with his team and community to convert these dreams into tools, trainings, and assessments to make them a reality.

William has been fighting for black children to receive a fair and just education since 2006. Specifically, the organization he founded, Village of Wisdom, works with families as they wrap their children in the love and wisdom necessary to navigate the emotional trauma of experiencing racial bias in school. As William looks forward, he hopes to lead work that develops his community’s ability to create new school systems where black children expect to be welcomed and affirmed.

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