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Kayla Jackson, MPA student

 

"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within." - James Baldwin

 

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

 

I see Wakanda! I see communities where blackness is celebrated and respected. I see people who support each other and challenge each other to be better humans. I see collective power.

 

What neighborhood, city or space affirms your Blackness?

 

New Orleans, because I see so much black joy there, and other places (like New Orleans or New York City) where there are a lot of mixed people where I can feel like mixing of cultures is celebrated.

 

What do you want your legacy to be?

I want to know that I've helped people realize their potentials, I want to know that I've expressed and practiced as much love for other people and the world as possible.

 

Who do you think best embodies Black excellence?

Many of the students who I have worked with in the past, who persevere through challenges and become leaders in their communities and schools, embody black excellence the best for me.