UW-Madison’s Ladson-Billings takes part in Real Talk Virtual Summit on Racial Justice

Black community leaders throughout the state of Wisconsin held an all-day virtual conversation on racial justice on June 5.

Boys and Girls Club CEO and President Michael Johnson, along with Madison365 Publisher and CEO Henry Sanders, teamed up to host the Real Talk Virtual Summit on Racial Justice from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The summit brought together people of color from Wisconsin to put words into action.

Gloria Ladson-Billings

WKOW-TV/Ch. 27 reported how one of the topics was the role educators and educational institutions play in social justice and racial equality. When the pandemic is over and students return to the classroom, UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings explained that there needs to be a hard re-set, especially for black students.

Reports WKOW/Ch. 27: “If going back means going back to what we had before schools closed, that doesn’t work for black kids because they weren’t doing well in what you had, so the idea for me is that this is an opportunity to literally re-set the entire way we have structured our education system,” says Ladson-Billings, an emerita professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the president of the National Academy of Education.

The event was streamed live on the Madison365 Facebook page, and participants were able to submit questions via Facebook comments.

The videos of those discussions are now archived and available via this Madison365.com web page.