Vaun Mayes talks about growing up in the South, the importance of empathy and the forces — including racism, profiteering and crime — at work in Milwaukee.
Zeynab Ali talks about her experience growing up in the largest refugee camp in the world, stressing the importance of listening to people’s stories, speaking up against injustice and including the youth in solving the issues we face.
Clayborn Benson, founder of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, talks about the importance of preserving history, the true meaning of family and the power of discovering our hidden potential and identity.
Torre Johnson talks about growing up on Milwaukee’s North Side, the importance of building Black ownership and spaces in Milwaukee and what it will take for people to come together around that goal.
Katherine Wilson talks about her start in a small Wisconsin town, the dangers of polarization and the importance of humanizing others.
Sharlen Moore talks about the importance of listening to our neighbors, challenging ourselves, investing in and supporting each other in order to improve our communities.
Jose Vasquez, a former gang member, talks about the emptiness he felt as a young person, his personal journey of change and why he has dedicated his life to working with youth who are experiencing many of the same challenges he did.
Martha Barry talks about the legacy of racism, what white people can do to confront prejudice and structural injustice and her personal journey of listening, learning and being exposed to different experiences.
Reggie Jackson talks about growing up in a tight-knit community, how Milwaukee has changed and the importance of not accepting defeat in the search for true equality.