Losing both of his parents in the span of less than two years has given Denzel Jacobs an appreciation for the simple things in life.
As a child, Martha Freeman fought for those who couldn’t fight for themselves. She has continued that fight, only in a different way.
Rufus Sampson talks about the importance of mindset, taking care of the future and being willing to sacrifice.
Bruce Moffett’s life has been filled with tragedy and violence. Still, he clings to the words of his grandmother, who provided a different example.
Anthony Olden has never settled down in one place, but that doesn’t mean he’s unsure of where he’s going.
After spending his last four days in jail, Gavin Groce reflects on his past and where he wants to go from here.
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.
If we don’t ask where we have been, if we don’t listen, we won’t be able to grow in the way that we should. We won’t be able to move forward.
Violet Young walks briskly down North Richards Street dressed almost entirely in purple, a plastic bag in each hand. Exuberant and cheerful, even the below-freezing temperatures can’t dampen her spirits. “You should see what it looks like in summer,” she says, gesturing to a nearby corner park with fruit trees and a small shelter. “It’s beautiful.”
Russell “Rusty” Green hauls buckets of tools from in front of a home just north of West Roosevelt Drive, where he’s just finished a concrete stoop. Green’s fingertips, stained with a thin, permanent-looking layer of white dust, match his grizzled beard. “We’re losing our future,” Rusty says, as he leans against his cream-colored pickup truck. “See, the youth are our future, right? And this is how we live forever, this is how our name stays in the book of life forever — through our kids, grandkids and so on, and so forth.