Prince William County School Board Vice Chairman Lillie G. Jessie
is one of just 17 individuals across Virginia, Maryland, and District to receive the Black Leadership in Education Award. The AFRO American Newspaper Co. presents the honor to those "making a real impact in the field of education."
Others recognized at the February 23 award ceremony included the presidents of Howard, Bowie State, and Morgan State Universities and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Among K-12 educators, recipients included the Superintendents of Baltimore County and Baltimore City Public Schools, and the D.C. Public Schools Chancellor.
“I am honored to be in the company of such respected educators,” Jessie said.
Mrs. Jessie’s current service as a Prince William County School Board Member is one of many factors in her recognition. She is a nationally known author, speaker and consultant, who serves as CEO of High Expectations Learning. She continues years of efforts to close the student achievement gap, and was recognized by Congressman Gerry Connolly for her contributions to the civil rights movement. She is also an originator of the immensely successful Martin Luther King Oratorical Competition, sponsored by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The program celebrated its 27th anniversary this year, hosting more than two thousand people to hear outstanding students reflect and build on Dr. King’s dream.