State Representative Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee) was recently recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Black Child Development Institute of Milwaukee (BCDI Milwaukee). Held on Nov. 11, Grigsby was honored at the organization’s fourth annual banquet for her efforts to improve Wisconsin’s child welfare system and the wellbeing of children throughout Wisconsin.
“This recognition is an unexpected and incredibly appreciated honor,” Rep. Grigsby said. “Now more than ever, we need to stand up and protect children throughout Wisconsin. The plight of Black youth in our community cannot be ignored, which is why I pledge to continue fighting for what’s right.”
Established in Wisconsin in 1997, BCDI Milwaukee exists to protect and improve the quality of life for African American children and families. The organization advocates for improvements to child welfare, health, and education, specifically for Black youth. BCDI Milwaukee coordinates community programs throughout the city, including community health fairs, parent empowerment projects, and the Martin Luther King Center Back to School Book Giveaway.
Rep. Grigsby was awarded for her work throughout the past session to improve outcomes for children living in poverty, for promoting quality child care, and for championing responsible education reform. She has committed to continue advocating these issues in the coming legislative session, scheduled to begin on January 3, 2011.