Earl Butler hasn’t always had it easy, but he’s been able to build something he can leave behind.
Growing up in a legally segregated Milwaukee, Larry Hicks didn’t give a second thought to certain realities until he was older.
As a youngster, Jimmy Johnson made some bad decisions. Now, he’s forging forward, determined to make a better life for himself.
DaVaughn Patterson finishes cutting a stretch of grass on 44th Street, just south of Garfield Avenue in Washington Park. Patterson, still in tattered shoes and a hoodie, lets one of the neighborhood children help before putting the mower away. “I don’t have a problem with Milwaukee,” he says. “I work with a lot of people that work in Milwaukee but don’t live in Milwaukee and have a different view of Milwaukee, you know?”
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.
The Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) has called on the City of Milwaukee to replace 70,000 lead service lines primarily concentrated in the central city, saying poor and minority children are at the highest risk of suffering damaging effects.
Diego Sebastian pushes his cart of elotes (boiled or grilled corn on the cob), papas (hot and spicy Mexican potatoes) and chicharrones (fried pork rinds) up South 30th Street, honking a loud horn. Sebastian, who’s been in Wisconsin for 10 years, is trying to attract customers. “Me, I push carts,” he says, as he scans the street. “[There’s] nobody outside, no have monies.”