When I was just 4 months old, my parents marched across the 16th Street viaduct with me in their arms for open housing in Milwaukee.
The march was an historic event and I will honor their courageous and patriotic act by taking my children across that same bridge to pass the torch on to new generations tomorrow. My parents Max and Rochelle Shavers were among the first recipients of the homes bought by the ELCA church on the East Side of Milwaukee and rented to families of color to force desegregation of Milwaukee’s communities. They were and always will be my inspiration, my heart and my love for what they have done to make this world just a little bit better for us all.
Vel Phillips and Father Groppi are among my most revered heroes and it was a privilege to grow up in their shadows along with other civil rights heroes of my youth like Brother Booker Ashe, Reuben and Mildred Harpole, Howard Fuller, Donald and Jerry Sykes, Lloyd Barbee and so many others.
We still have a lot of work to do for fair housing, civil rights, voting rights and to end discrimination, educate ALL our children and finally achieve equality in opportunities for EVERYONE in Milwaukee.
Emilio De Torre and I will be holding a workshop TODAY at 2:00 p.m. at UW-Milwaukee:
Voting Rights and Felon Enfranchisement: How Far Have We Really Come?
If you haven't gone to any of the events of this week, there's still the commemorative program on the Groppi Unity Bridge (16th St.) happening tomorrow (Sunday).Please join us if you can, if you are too far away, watch for the coverage of this historic event!!
ACLU of Wisconsin