William P. Jackson has committed himself to protecting and cultivating the talents, interests, and potential of all Black children in the face of systemic inequities and persistent societal racism.
William is the Founder of and Chief Dreamer at Village of Wisdom in Durham, North Carolina, a nonprofit organization that works with families to protect Black Genius by organizing and mobilizing families committed to the healthy development of Black youth.
For two years, Village of Wisdom has provided students with opportunities to celebrate their personal genius through cultural events, parent workshops, and field trips, and empowered Black families. William also aspires for his organization to help establish an ecosystem where Black parents share decision-making power over their child's school with school leaders.
Most recently, William and Village of Wisdom began to engage families in their Black Genius planning process to help children navigate systemic racism. Through Black Genius planning, Black children hone their growth mindsets, become more aware of their interests, deepen their cultural and racial self-esteem, expand their ability to navigate cultural spaces, and develop strategies for establishing trust with individuals they love. Village of Wisdom also works with families to ensure negative stereotypes about Black youth and inequitable access to resources does not impede these children’s ability to become Black Genius.
William’s work and results also include:
Receiving a $40,000 grant from Camelback Ventures, the fastest-growing organization supporting leaders of color in the education space; and a $70,000 grant by the globally competitive start-up funding organization Echoing Green.
Developing Village of Wisdom into a community of 25+ volunteers, four Board members, and four staff members.
Raising over $450,000 to support the organization’s mission.
Hosting 20 parent workshops, four Black Genius field trips, and three large-scale community celebrations that engaged over 1,200 families and directly impacted 75 families.
Creating a question-based Family Learning Village curriculum that encourages parents to interrogate parenting practices and facilitate the racial identity development of their children, promoting their child’s resilience to racism.