The Board of Education has received a proposal to consider renaming Falk Elementary School for Milele Chikasa Anana.

"Anana served as the editor and publisher of UMOJA Magazine, which celebrated the accomplishments and joys of African Americans in Madison, for nearly three decades. She was known to many as 'Ms. Milele' or 'Mother Milele,' and is remembered as a 'champion of positive Black news' and a 'fierce lover of Black people' by those who knew her." Read more from the Cap Times

Process and timeline

Per School Board Policy (6700), the public will have a minimum 30-day window to comment on the recommendation. You can submit your comment below or in in person at an upcoming board meeting.

During the public comment period, Board President Gloria Reyes will:

  • Appoint a Citizens Naming Committee of 12 members, choosing from individuals recommended by fellow Board members (each member can recommend up to five names).
  • Designate a chairperson of the committee.
  • Establish a date by which the work of the committee will be completed.

Also during this time, Incoming Superintendent Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins will:

  • Call the first meeting and additional meetings of the Citizens Naming Committee.

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