Ex Fabula Fellow Rossetta Hall originally shared this story on Nov. 24, 2015, at a Zeidler Center for Public Discussion Community Conversation attended by more than 120 community members. Ex Fabula Fellows share personal stories to inspire community-led dialogue around some of the most pressing issues in the Greater Milwaukee area — segregation, and economic and racial inequality.
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Margaret Rozga, poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha, writes that the history of a place changes how people perceive it. Two cases in point: the Rave and Red Arrow Park.
Mark Rice, who helps lead Ex-Prisoners Organizing (EXPO) and serves as a board member of Project RETURN, calls for restoring voting rights for all formerly incarcerated people.
Freesia McKee, a Milwaukee poet and writer, urges us to be honest about tragedy as we celebrate Thanksgiving.
Margaret Rozga, poet, civil rights activist and professor emerita of English at UW-Waukesha, writes that Milwaukeeans have the power and talent to create their own future.
Jamaal E. Smith, a community activist and chair of the education committee at the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP, takes exception to Sheriff David Clarke’s recent statements about police brutality.
Andre Lee Ellis, a community activist and founder of “We Got This,” comments on the appointment of Demond Means to lead the turnaround of Milwaukee Public Schools.
Raina J. Johnson, a freelance writer, challenges the Milwaukee Public Library to step up its outreach and literally meet people where they are.
Sean Roberts, executive director of Milwaukee Charter School Advocates, takes exception to a recent Community Voices piece about the proposed partnership between Carmen and Pulaski high schools.
Jamaal E. Smith, a community activist and chair of the education committee at the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP, weighs in on the proposed merger between Carmen and Pulaski high schools.