Speakers, photo exhibit, book talk to explore racism

“WOKE: A Community Conversation About Racial Justice” is a series of speakers and a community book discussion to be held in Port Washington and Saukville in March and April.

The series also includes a photo exhibit of Milwaukee’s fair housing marches titled “Crossing the Line” at the Niederkorn Library in Port Washington throughout March.

The exhibit is on loan from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

The series, sponsored by the Southeast Wisconsin Racial Justice Consortium, kicks off with a presentation by Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at First Congregational Church in Port Washington.

Rozga’s talk is titled “Milwaukee’s Struggle for Fair Housing: The History and the Poetry.”

Bryan Johnson, director of sacred music at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, will address “The History and Worship Style of the African American church” in word and music at Parkside Community Church in Saukville from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17.

“Our Youth, Our Future: Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System” will be discussed by Emilo de Torre, community engagement director for the ACLU of Wisconsin, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at First Congregational Church.

Reggie Jackson, head griot at America’s Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, will discuss “The Hidden Impacts of Segregation in Wisconsin: Why It Matters to Us All,” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at First Congregational Church.

A discussion of Matthew Desmond’s book “Evicted” will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7.

A freewill offering will be taken on behalf of America’s Black Holocaust Museum and its urban partner church at each event.

The Southeast Wisconsin Racial Justice Consortium includes not only First Congregational Church, 131 N. Webster St., and Parkside Church, 166 W. Dekora St., but also Pilgrim Church in Grafton and

Bethel-Bethany Church and Grace Church in Milwaukee.



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