Saturday, May 19th: 9:30am-3pm
North Division High School (plus bus tour through Milwaukee)
The whole day is free of cost
10:00am-11:30am: Youth/Elder Activism Session (facilitated intergenerational conversation)
11:30am-1:00pm: “Thank You” Bus Tour (includes free boxed lunch)
1:00pm-3:00pm: Marching On: 50 Years In The Making (a community celebration)
RSVP for morning session and bus tour: https://www.eventbrite. com/e/marching-on-youthelder- activism-session-tickets- 45785422431
RSVP for community celebration: https://www. eventbrite.com/e/marching-on- 50-years-in-the-making- tickets-45694617832
Youth/Elder Activism Session:
Commandos and NAACP Youth Council members meet youth activists and concerned young people. During the session, they will get to know each other, and begin sharing about experience in activism. This will be an opportunity for elders to impart wisdom to young people and hear from young people about what’s distinctive about this moment.
“Thank You” Bus Tour:
After the morning session, youth and elders will get on two buses together. The tour will start outside North Division — the former location of St. Boniface — and weave through the route of the Open Housing Marches. We will stop at specific historic points to remember and reminisce upon the Open Housing Marches.
Marching On: 50 years later:
This will be a community celebration where the community can express their appreciation to the Youth Council, Commandos, Vel Phillips, Father Groppi and all who marched 50 years ago. The program will feature speakers and performances that connect with the major themes of March On Milwaukee 50th — Recognition and Re-ignition.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore will deliver the keynote address, sharing personal memories of the Open Housing Marches and reflections on her mentor, Vel Phillips, while at their shared alma mater, North Division High School.
Confirmed speakers and presenters include members of the NAACP Youth Council and Commandos, Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton, Wisconsin Black Historical Society’s Clayborn Benson, America’s Black Holocaust Museum’s Reggie Jackson, Urban Underground’s Sharlen Moore and more. Hip hop artist Klassik and poet/activist Ajamou Butler of Heal the Hood will also be giving tribute performances. Additionally, contributing writers to the poetry anthology chapbook Where I Want to Live will be reading poems about the city in which they wish to live.