Bridget Robinson, a human resources professional and executive director of BlankSpaceMKE, offers a tasty metaphor for efforts to celebrate Milwaukee’s diversity.
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Margaret Rozga, poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha, attended a recent poetry reading at Woodland Pattern Book Center, where she learned about a hidden marker — and about invisible history.
Reverend Willie E. Brisco, president emeritus of MICAH (Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope) and president of WISDOM, writes that transit must be a priority for the Milwaukee to thrive.
Violet, a high school junior at Escuela Verde, community activist and feminist argues that all-gender restrooms create a better learning environment for all students.
Raina J. Johnson is a freelance writer in Milwaukee. As the mother of a black son, she writes about the importance of seeing black boys for who they really are.
Margaret Rozga, poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha, applauds Black History Month celebrations that highlight leaders in Milwaukee’s African-American community.
Danell Cross is interim executive director of the Metcalfe Park Community Bridges Neighborhood Association. She served as Metcalfe Park coordinator of the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program, a federally funded initiative. She writes that blacks and Latinos should join together to fight for their common interests.
Rick Deines, a conversation facilitator with The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, recommends the Milwaukee Rep play “Disgraced,” as a tool to discuss how identity affects how we behave.
Raina J. Johnson is a freelance writer in Milwaukee. She calls attention to the importance of preserving traditional storytelling and listening opportunities, especially in the politically divided, digitally connected world we live in.
Venice Williams is the director of Alice’s Garden and The Body & Soul Healing Arts Center. A lay minister, teacher, healer, and facilitator who works to improve the lives of young people, formerly incarcerated people and others in the central city, Williams writes that she will pray for the new president for the sake of his mother.