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ON A MISSION

We help black families educate their elementary-age children about Black and African history so that they will see themselves represented, become empowered, and increase their understanding of what's possible now and in the future.

 Mascot: Black Panther Colors: Purple. Gold. Black.

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Join this Black History Family Movement 

After a science week in August, families said they wanted more. We started monthly Saturday Sessions in fall 2020. We even have adults who show up to support and learn. We call them our Elders. We're creating a village and you're invited to be part of this Black History Family Movement.



Meet the Team

We are sisters who grew up playing Rock teacher on our grandparents' front steps. Today we’re teaching our children and yours Black and African History, resulting in positive self-identity and reinforcing emotional intelligence, and increasing exposure to the breadth of impact African Americans have had in the world. 


Tramaine Williams - Chief Education Officer

I am trained in System Analysis.  I am an organized thinker and researcher. I create lesson plans for Black Genius School. I am also the PTA President at my daughter Sarina's school.  I have received Volunteer of the Year twice in the Hazelwood School District.  One of the things I’m most proud of is securing a National PTA Grant that was sponsored by the Bayer Fund to host a STEM Festival.  Our school was the only one in Missouri to be awarded this honor.  After working on a project about Nigeria with a friend, I was reminded of the value of my heritage.  This led me to immerse myself further into learning Black and African history and affirm myself as I continued to face racial encounters with peers.   


I bring a passion to speaking and teaching with children so they too can carry positive and uplifting self-messages. I received my Bachelor of Science in System Analysis from Miami University in Oxford Ohio.


Charity Goodwin - Chief Engagement Officer

Charity's background is in journalism however while in seminary she began learning about pedagogy.  For 12 years she served as a youth pastor and now overseas leader development at The Gathering, a multi-site church. I delight in building meaningful relationships and marketing for Black Genius School. To me, everything is about relationships.


I hold certifications in emotional intelligence from Six Seconds, an international organization and am completing my coaching certification through the International Coaching Federation. I am a Mizzou and Saint Paul School of Theology alumnae. 


As sisters, we attended a magnet school in St Louis City where we learned with other geniuses. For high school, we attended predominantly white institutions, still always carving out and curating space for Black connections to peers whether Black student groups, band, bus rides or after-school activities. With an unshakable commitment to raising well-rounded self-assured children, we count it an honor to support your school, class, district, or organization with Black History 365. 


Sarina Williams  - Chief Enrichment Officer

She’s only 10 and already knows she’ll be a Chemist and wants to attend Harvard or Alcorn (a family alma mater). A genius in her own right, she is artistic and loves crocheting, drawing, and cheering. She gives feedback on every lesson before it’s presented and selects books and supplemental resources to support your genius’ learning at home.


Levi Rosario - Chief Encouragement Officer

Levi is 11 and you can find him gaming, reading or baking (sometimes without his mama knowing). He writes affirmations and leads children in reciting them. 


Gabriel Rosario - Chief Inclusion Officer

Gabriel is 13 and loves videos, cars, and lately Harry Potter. He’s also on the autism spectrum. His presence reminds us that genius comes in all shapes and to remember him when we’re planning and teaching.


Learn more of our story here.



Why Black Genius School?

Why Black History?

Why a Family Movement?

Representation Matters...


Schools Re-teach the same Black facts and figures from K-12.

MLK, Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman are likely taught in school. However what about Alfred Cralle, Carter G. Woodson and Marcus Garvey? In Black Genius School we introduce new people every month, adding to our geniuses wealth of knowledge. 


Geniuses can feel semi-alone as one of a few persons of color in a class.

In predominately white classrooms, geniuses may not feel supported and connected. In Black Genius School, they are surrounded by people who reflect their genius and identity. 


Black Teachers Instruct the Geniuses.

For some, aside from family, Black Genius School is the first place they have a black teacher - and that matters! The geniuses get to experience first-hand wisdom and knowledge imparted by someone who looks like them and shares their racial or ethnic voice. 


Bi-Racial, Black & International Families Need Support

Parents know that Black History is important, however they do not know where to start with teaching it. Black Genius School teaches parents along side their children and gives resources for the families to learn together at their own pace.



Internalized Racism. Some geniuses desire to be different than they are.

Internalized racism can begin early on. That's why now is the best time, in a child's formative years, for them to cultivate a positive self-identity. They are young, gifted and black. 



Creating Community with children all over the country and world.

Geniuses can form new friendships with other children in the States and beyond. We envision reaching children all over the world and building a worldwide genius network. 


Zion & Jacquita

She had attended a different online school over the summer, but Zion, age 6, said Black Genius School was more fun. “There's more black history. Learning black history is cool and makes me feel good,” she said.

 

Last year Zion wanted yellow hair according to her mom, Jacquita Thornton. Since Black Genius School, she’s been asking for brown markers and singing No Mirrors in My Nana’s House, which we introduced during Science Week in August.

The lyrics are from a Sweet Honey in the Rock song:

“I never knew that my skin was too black.

I never knew that my nose was too flat.

I never knew that my clothes didn’t fit.

I never knew there were things that I’d missed,

cause the beauty in everything

was in her eyes (like the rising of the sun)”

Jacquita said that with racism being “in our face” these days, it’s so important our kids know who they are.






Jill Sander-Chali, Kalaba Chali and Mapalo Chali.

Jill and her husband Chali were, like many of us, trying to figure out how to work and parent from home this summer. Seeing the post for Black Genius School was a blessing, she said. She went on to share that “the struggle is real” when you’re trying to be intentional about enrolling and engaging in inclusive and diverse learning and social environments.

“I can’t say enough thank yous to the two of you. It meant alot to my daughter and to our family. Black Genius School fostered good convo within our family. We learned during school, too. We followed one of the recommendations and we watched the movie Hidden Figures together and discussed it more.”

“I want my daughter to have strong, black women, in particular, as mentors and people to look up to. It’s so important that she can see herself represented. We’re invested. and we value Black Genius School as a family.”