Hyperallergic, May 23, 2019
“Yesterday, May 22, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston issued an apology for a series of racist encounters experienced by middle school students during a school trip to the institution.
A group of 30 seventh graders from the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy in Dorchester faced prejudiced remarks by MFA staff and patrons during their visit to the museum last Thursday, according to Arturo J. Forrest, the academy’s principal. He says that all of the students attending the trip were children of color; over 90 percent of the school’s population is Black or Latinx.
“This was a strong group of students that went, they excelled academically,” Forrest told the Boston Globe. “The shock of it for them was, ‘We are the top and we carry ourselves the right way as leaders.’ You know, it was very eye-opening for them.” The academy uses historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as its inspiration, focusing its educational model on college and career preparation, and cultural empowerment.”