For a week straight, Americans have hit the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, the most recent unarmed black man to die at the hands of police. Calling for an end to systemic racism and disproportionate violence, protesters have marched in cities around the country — including Milwaukee — holding signs reading “Black Lives Matter” and “They Can’t Breathe.”
Today, Radio Milwaukee is standing in solidarity with those who are calling for a more just society. And we’re passing the mic to the voices that need to be heard most right now.
Since Radio Milwaukee’s formation, we’ve been committed to sharing positive news from Milwaukee, including — in equal measure — stories from black, brown and other underrepresented communities. Here are just a few of those stories we’ve shared this year:
- A free app helps people find and support Black-owned Milwaukee businesses.
- A Milwaukee program aims to give Black entrepreneurs a leg up. Learn about the RISE program, created by African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin.
- Milwaukee’s poet laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton opened a co-working space called The Retreat, dedicated to bringing Harambee residents together.
- A dance performance exploring the N-word makes a stop in Milwaukee
- Milwaukee Public Library has been honoring the legacy of Dr. King for 36 years and counting.
- Teens Grow Greens helps Black teens learn about urban farming and entrepreneurship. Then, they prepare a chef dinner.
- This Black businesswoman and chocolatier makes “Bougie Berries” fit for the most special people in your life.
- Milwaukee Film curates an annual series of Black films, for and by the community. Meet the Milwaukee curator and learn about the program.
Community organizations and resources
- Showing Up For Racial Justice
- NAACP Milwaukee
- Coalition For Quality Policing (Milwaukee)
- Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope
- Uplifting Black Liberation and Community
- Rid Racism MKE
- National Museum of African American History – Talking About Race
- Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center
In 2018, we created a web series premised on listening. We brought together 10 Milwaukeeans to discuss their firsthand experiences with prejudice and racism. The video series was eventually turned into a feature-length documentary that was screened at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
In the clip below, brothers Darren and Vedale discuss their interactions with police and security guards as biracial residents in Milwaukee. Their story offers a personal perspective of how prejudice affects them on a daily basis.
Watch the original web episode below and see how your experience compares.