Milwaukee is one of those cities that is a brewing pot of gumbo with a mix of flavors and spices that have the makings of a great entrée. Here and there we add a little of this — and a lot of that — because we are still searching for a balance of seasoning to ensure we appreciate everything in the pot.
To that aim, we find that within Milwaukee there are strategic efforts to be intentional about celebrating culture and race and gender in our communities. There is a strategic mission to ensure that a seat at the table is reserved so that our voices are a part of the conversation when it comes to power and politics. There is an emergence of young leaders who are unapologetic about the demand to engage in the negotiations for change in our city.
platforms for groups to organize around issues that matter to them. These same spaces aid in the education and development of leaders who can champion causes that need to be heard. No longer is there a silence about the importance of eradicating racism or addressing the various forms of abuse or changing the misconceptions about mental health. Rather there are forums that applaud the great work of womanhood and recognize the good deeds of movers and shakers.
Milwaukee, to some, still feels like a best-kept secret. While others are claiming the city to be a failure in education, worst in violence, the bottom of economic growth — the truth of the matter is that there is positive work happening. Accountability for our schools and politicians and key stakeholders has been raised. The work to create a city that is a flavorful pot of gumbo is brewing.