Elise P. Ramussen, Former Teacher and Future "Upstream" Health Advocate


Minneapolis, MN

"You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable". -Ta-Nahesi Coates, Between the World and Me


When you think of a thriving Black community and cities, what do you see?

Care, love, tight-knit families and friends that span across generations, great food, and great music.


What neighborhood, city or space affirms your Blackness?

Montego Bay, Jamaica, North Minneapolis, Bayview-Hunters Point, San Francisco


What do you want your legacy to be?

To leave this world better off then when I arrived. To serve others by building off the tools/skill-sets/etc. they already have so they can empower others in their communities and beyond.


Who do you think best embodies Black excellence?

A beautiful culture (so beautiful that the dominate white culture continues to copy it!) in the face of ongoing violent, systematic, and institutional racism. Nobody can get us down!!