Black Girl Magic Conference returns in person

MADISON, Wis. — The fifth-annual Black Girl Magic Conference returned in person at Madison College on Thursday after two years of holding the event virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roughly 600 students in grades four through eight from schools in Madison, Oregon and Middleton/Cross Plains joined together with Black female leaders to inspire and lift up one another during the day-long retreat.

“It’s just a day to learn, it’s a day to celebrate being a Black girl, and it’s a day to interact with other girls who look like them,” the conference’s founder, Rosa Thompson, said.

The theme of this year’s event was homecoming, a reference to its return to an in-person format.