African American Female Excellence Initiative moves to Superintendent’s Office to Bring the Needs of Girls and Young Women Into Sharper Focus
Oakland, CA – Students from across OUSD gathered at Mills College on Saturday, December 1 for a day unlike most others. The girls in grades 6-12 came together for the 2nd Annual Black Girl Power Conference, hosted by the District’s African American Female Excellence (AAFE) initiative. “Even though the theme is Me Too: Return of the Warrior Queen, it’s really how do we look at the other side of ‘me too’? How do we look at the other side that says, ‘I have power, I have personal power, I have inner power,'” explained Nzingha Dugas, the Director of AAFE.
The chant of “Black girl power!” chant echoed throughout a room filled with purple balloons and ribbons early Saturday morning. More than 100 girls and their mothers, teachers, mentors—and one father—filled an auditorium on the Mills College campus for the first Black Girl Power Conference hosted by the African American Female Excellence Program (AAFE).