"Itâ€™s not the activist who everyone knows who makes all of the change; itâ€™s the everyday person, the person who says â€˜Hey, Iâ€™m one person and what can I do?â€™ There are a whole lot of â€˜one personsâ€™ out there who together are making a big, big difference and itâ€™s encouraging." â€“ Angela Walker, Breaking down racial barriers
In recent weeks, headlines have been rife with news of police brutality against members of the black community. Lives have been lost. And hearts are heavy.
But community members are rising up in an effort to promote unity and healing for Milwaukee and beyond. One such effort will take place on Wednesday, July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Aliceâ€™s Garden, 2136 N. 21st St.
The evening will will focus on the harsh realities faced by black men and women in our communities and country. During the gathering, artists, healers and activists will stand in unity, acknowledging the work that must be done to ensure that black lives in America matter.
"This is a time of reflection and healing, a time to comfort, encourage and empower one another as we contemplate â€˜What can I do?â€™ after the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Wisconsin's Jay Anderson," says co-organizer Malkia Stampley, producing artistic director for the Bronzeville Arts Ensemble.
"We know that everyone will not leave with an action plan, but we are hopeful seeds will be planted and that people know they are not alone during this difficult time," notes Stampley.
During the event, words of encouragement and empowerment will be shared by a variety of community leaders and members of the arts community including Ferne Caulker-Bronson, founder of Ko-Thi Dance; Venice Williams, executive director of Alice's Garden; Tarik Moody, 88.9 radio personality; Jeff Frank, artistic director of First Stage Milwaukee; and Kari Hanson, visual artist and community arts specialist for MPS.
Artistic expressions will also be offered from Julie Roubik (classical violist), members of …Read more...