A recent moving titled "Loving", came out last year that showed this woman's journey to equality. Mildred Jeter Loving is today's History Maker: Black Excellence.
Her and her husband, Richard, successfully defeated Virginia's ban on interracial marriage by taking it all the way to the Supreme Court, where it was ruled nationwide illegal to limit interracial marriage. Thanks to them this prohibition was striped out of every state constitution.
This was in 1967, only 50 years ago folks, its only been 50 years since interracial marriage was illegal. Keep that in mind when we ponder how far we have come in racial equity, and how much farther we have to go. Thank you Mrs. Loving for fighting and proving black women can be excellent and start a ruckus in order to have equality!
History Maker: Black Excellence--Zora Neale Hurston!
Best known for her book, "Their Eyes Were Watching God", which is celebrating its 80 year anniversary of publication this year! Her and her family moved to Eatonville, Florida, one of the first all-black towns to be incorporated in the U.S. She attended an all-black high school at the age of 26, and lied about her age in order to receive free high school education. She graduated in 1918, and began college at the HBU of How...ard University.
Hurston would travel to the Caribbean and the South often in order to write about folklore and immerse herself in the cultures. When Hurston died, there was an order to burn her work, but luckily her friend rushed to her house and saved the works for us to view and read today! Thank you Zora Neale Hurston for writing about the culture and fighting for education as a black woman!
Please come out and join us tonight! The lives of those affected by incarceration are real and in our community. Let's discuss what we can do about this issue following the film. I hope to see you all there!
History Maker: Black Excellence--Ethel Hedgeman Lyle!
She is the founder of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority at Howard University. In 1908 it was the first sorority found by African-American college women. She is the "Guiding Light" for AKA Sorority Incorporated!
Join us at the WAAW center in Milwaukee tonight where we'll give a presentation on the state of our juvenille corrections system. We'll talk about Lincoln Hills, Grow Academy, and much much more. Check out my events tab for more info & to RSVP!
Judge Everett Mitchell is today's History Maker: Black Excellence. He is the third African-American to be elected to Dane County as a judge. Not only that but he is a pastor at a local Madison Baptist church. His church performed the first gay marriage for a Black Baptist church not just in the state, but in the nation! Give it up for Judge Mitchell for continuing to stand up in times of injustice! #BHM2017
"When Adams called to complain about how officers treated her son, a sergeant at District 7 explained "that MPD officers have 'a policy to stop young men walking through alleys,'" the suit says."
If you missed the ceremony on Monday opening the Beyond the Bars art exhibit, check out my Taylor Talk: Art and Re-Entry. A healthy, stable, and economic outlet for those re-entering from being behind bars can be found in the arts. And thank you to the artists who made these AMAZING and INSPIRING pieces of work!
Do you or a loved one have questions about expunging your record or filing an inmate complaint? Join us tonight in a workshop on navigating the DOC!