Kennita Hickman, a Black woman with a long track record in Milwaukee’s creative field, asks: “When have I worked enough to no longer have to work for free?”
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Rozalia Hernandez-Singh and Marisa Hernandez-De Windt, daughters of legendary Milwaukee artist Reynaldo Hernandez, reflect on their upbringing and their father’s legacy in their lives.
My experience with the United States immigration system has pushed me to empower undocumented youth in Wisconsin to come out of the shadows and live their lives without fear.
Gloria Steinem once said, “Women have always been an equal part of the past. We just haven’t been a part of history.” I would say this is true based on the lack of written records of Latinas’ contributions in our state and country.
Being a Brown Beret is written in my DNA. They are a group of Chicano folks who strive to protect La Raza (the people) from police brutality and conserve our history.
Before indulging in shallow celebrations for Hispanic Heritage Month, perhaps we should instead consider how Milwaukeeans can deem a population vital while allowing them to suffer so greatly.
The work to ensure equity, access and opportunity continues, along with a supported vision to ensure the same investment and support visible in the south end of the King Drive business district is equally visible and felt on the north end.
One has only to point to the Brewers Hill and Halyard Park neighborhoods to see clearly what lies ahead for our affordable 5 Points neighborhood as the MLK business improvement district expands.
As we prepare to bring students back to school in some form this school year, we need to think creatively about how we catch them up academically and also support their social and emotional well-being.
Don’t assume that African American and other artists of color are not making strides in their career because you don’t know about their work.