Byron Johnson is a native of Milwaukee and is a candidate for licensed ministry at Tabernacle Community Baptist Church. He graduated from American Baptist College in Nashville, where he studied Bible and theology. In this piece, he discusses the prominence of the black church in his life.
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Della Wells, an artist and community activist, writes that she agrees with Ben Carson that one’s mindset “does affect how one looks at poverty.”
Jason Biernat, who grew up on S. 7th Street between Oklahoma Avenue and Manitoba, reports that he sees progress in the efforts to overcome the divides in Milwaukee’s 14th aldermanic district.
Rick Deines, a conversation facilitator with The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, urges Milwaukeeans to visit the current exhibit at the Jewish Museum, which tells the story of Holocaust survivor Esther Krinitz through collage and embroidery.
Margaret Rozga, poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha, highlights the creativity of diverse Milwaukee poets at a recent state poetry conference.
Middle-school students on the Auer Avenue School News Team discuss the pros and cons of the new MPS requirement that students wear uniforms to school.
Raina J. Johnson, a freelance writer in Milwaukee, writes that the new HGTV television show “My Flippin’ Friends” could encourage diverse millennials to plant roots in the city.
Bridget Robinson, a human resources professional and executive director of BlankSpaceMKE, offers a tasty metaphor for efforts to celebrate Milwaukee’s diversity.
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.