Raven Avery-Moore honored at 2016 Black Excellence Awards


Avery-Moore (‘16) holds up her Louvenia Johnson Scholarship for 1,000 dollars.

Raven Avery-Moore (’16) was awarded the Louvenia Johnson Scholarship, named after the Milwaukee Times’ founder Louvenia Johnson, recognizing Avery-Moore’s academic achievements and contributions to the community. Avery-Moore was one of nine students from the Milwaukee area to receive a laptop, Bible, and award of one-thousand dollars. She and the other recipients were honored at the 31st Annual Black Excellence Awards in February, also known as Black History Month.

“At the banquet, there were different categories for people [of all ages] who won awards for what they have done,” said Avery-Moore.

In addition to awarding nine scholarships, the program recognized 33 prominent members of the Milwaukee community. These members were recognized for their hard work and dedication to their professions and services. Some of these community members were recognized for being influential educators, business leaders, and committed volunteers.

Special guests, inluding Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch of Wisconsin were in attendance as well. In addition, former Wisconsin Badger and NFL player Troy Vincent made an appearance to give the annual keynote speech.

“[The banquet] was really fun. I enjoyed myself,” Avery-Moore added.

Not only were the scholarship recipients honored at the Black Excellence banquet, but they also had the opportunity to be featured on the news.

“You got to be interviewed by Melinda Davenport at Channel Twelve News if you won,” Avery-Moore said. “It was great, but I was a little nervous.”

This fall, Avery-Moore plans to attend the either the University of Illinois-Chicago or the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to study art. She stated, “I would like to become an art therapist so I can have my own practice and teach students how to be creative and express themselves.”

Avery-Moore and the other recipients will have bright futures and will continue to represent the mission of the scholarship and the Black Excellence Awards.