All posts tagged: Encouragement

“Let me tell you about these streets of Wisconsin”

George Reeves stands on a sunny street in Cold Spring Park, a small Milwaukee neighborhood tucked away on the south side of Vliet Street. The eight-block oasis of old homes is a breath of fresh air for Reeves, who grew up on the west side of Chicago. “16th and Homan, call it Holy City” he says. “Man, it’s a rough neighborhood, man. I grew up in the 90s out there, man. You know, it ain’t nothin’ but a drug trafficking thing in Illinois.”

“It’s not what they try to make it out to be”

Darlene Rogers gracefully covers a stretch of sidewalk pavement followed by a brightly colored, flowing dress, the Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Juneteenth Day celebration behind her. Rogers who grew up in the neighborhood points down the block to the house where she lived. “I haven’t been down here in a couple years so it was nice to come out and see familiar faces,” she says calling the occasion “an out-of-body experience.” “It’s like the cycle just keeps repeatin’ itself.”

“What any man wants”

Dejaun Jones saunters down Brown Street in Brewer’s Hill wearing a bright red workman’s jacket and a long, black sock-cap. The 39-year-old Jones, who was born in St. Louis but came here when he was 3, carries a backpack over both shoulders. Jones, who has three girls — 12, 13 and 20 — says it’s been “a struggle” raising them all. “It’s hell but it’s beautiful too,” he says. “You get to see the little infant grow into a child, then into a teenager.”