Today marks the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Atlanta Public Schools. On August 30, 1961, nine Black students were the first to desegregate four Atlanta High Schools. Three of those students–Willie Jean Black, Madelyn Nix, and Thomas Welch–attended Booker T. Washington High School before desegregating J.E. Brown High School (renamed as Herman J. Russell West End Academy).
Learn more about their inspiring stories in this video below produced by Ms. Shaleisa Brewer, social studies teacher, and her students at Booker T. Washington High School here:
We are committed to ensuring that everyone at APS has the resources to excel. These commitments are to our students, parents and staff. In addition:
We are committed to providing equitable environments that create collaboration among all students in every classroom.
We are committed to not only identifying, but also removing barriers to success and opportunities for all our students, including and especially our students of color.
We are committed to addressing and investigating any and all issues that negatively impact anyone at APS, including equity-related issues.
We are committed to keeping the security of our students and staff as our top priority.
And, we are committed to continuously creating equitable learning environments for everyone at APS.
We ask that everyone in our APS community lean into, and extend, the grace to grow as we all commit to putting equity at the forefront.
In Peace & Solidarity,
Dr. Tauheedah Baker-Jones, Ed.L.D.
Chief Equity & Social Justice Officer