speak up for black girls

This cute little girl with a head full of fresh braids with beads on the end twirled her hair in class. The sound of the beads clinking against each other was pleasurable to her ears. Maybe she felt especially pretty that day. Maybe the sound calmed her.

The repeating clinkety clink of the beads frayed her teacher’s nerves. The teacher called the seven-year old to the front of the class and took matters into her own hands by publicly humiliating the child and cutting off one of her braids in front of her classmates. They laughed and the little girl walked back to her seat and cried.

The $175 fine that the teacher must pay for “disorderly conduct” is akin to a smack on the hand, a far more gentle punishment than Lamya Cammon suffered at her teacher’s hand.

Speak up for this little girl. Write, e-mail or call:

Congress Elementary School
5225 West Lincoln Creek Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53218

Tel: (414) 616-5300
E-mail: 116@mail.milwaukee.k12.wi.us


About jennifer williams

Jennifer D. Williams is a writer and professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. She has published in academic journals and online at Ms.blog, PopMatters, among other sites. Jennifer is currently working on a book that looks at black women's urban literature between the Depression and the civil rights era.

2 responses to “speak up for black girls

  1. I spoke with Sheila in the office of the DA-John Chisolm, Office of Sensitive Crimes. She stated that they have no record of the case being referred to the office and had received one call regarding the case. She promised to look into the case and would get back to me.

    You may call, email, or write to:

    Office of the District Attorney, Milwaukee County
    John Chisolm, D.A.
    821 West State Street, Room 405
    Milwaukee, WI 53233



  2. Thanks for the update. I called the NAACP-Milwaukee and they said the mother has to contact them directly before they can legally get involved.

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