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MPS Black Lives Matter Week of Action is February 5-9, 2024

BLM 2024 T-shirt logoCelebrate MPS Black Lives Matter Week of Action! This year, it will take place February 5-9. 

The Milwaukee community will have opportunities to listen, learn, and add their voices to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) narrative to bring about positive change. Leading off Black History Month in February, Black Lives Matter Week of Action is designed to engage the community in topics related to the principles of Black Lives Matter.  

 The theme of the Week of Action is “A Lifetime of Practice, with Power in Our Voice and Action in Our Steps.” Evening events are free and open to the public.  

 The mission of Black Lives Matter is to decrease racial and social disparities by activating our voice, sparking action in our steps, ensuring that equitable practices exist, and uniting humanity for a better tomorrow.  

Here are ways to take part in this year’s BLM Week of Action (daytime activities in schools are for students and staff only): 

Monday, February 5 

Week of Action Kickoff: “Intergenerational Night”   

A panel of adults and youths of varying ages will explore topics related to Black lives and the principles of Black Lives Matter, to support the fostering of collectivity, community, and justice.   

Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.   

Location: Central Services Auditorium, 5225 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee  

 

Welcome and Introduction of Superintendent: Felice Beal, Instructional Leadership Director, MPS East Region   

Words of Appreciation: Dr. Keith P. Posley, MPS Superintendent   

Speakers: Janie Hatton, Shawn Muhammad, Jamila Carney, Glenn Carson, Kwabena Antoine Nixon, Catherine Miles, and four student ambassadors   

Question-and-Answer Moderator: David Bowen, Wisconsin politician   

Closing Remarks: Nuntiata Buck, District Manager, Liberal Arts.   

Office of Academics, Department of Curriculum and Instruction  

 All participants are encouraged to wear any Black Lives Matter or social justice shirts or other apparel for the entire day.  

 

Tuesday, February 6  

Collective Value In-School Activity   

School communities unite, engage, and enjoy one another through cultural activities, creativity and exploration during the school day. Each activity encourages awareness of the Black Lives Matter principles and the importance of our collective value.   

All participants are encouraged to wear Black Lives Matter, Black history or family-identified items.  

  

Wednesday, February 7  

Loving Engagement Panel Discussion: “Real Men Talkback”   

In partnership with MPS Black and Latino Male Achievement and United Way, male leaders engage in open dialogue with male youth about embodying and practicing justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another. This activity will allow all participants to collaborate, question, and learn from one another.   

Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.   

Location: Hi-Mount Community School, 4921 W. Garfield Ave., Milwaukee  

 

Welcome: Donavon Johnson, Black and Latino Male Achievement Planning Assistant III, and Richard Watkins, Assistant Principal in Charge, Maple Tree School   

Facilitators: BLMA Ambassadors and Staff   

Panel: Ed Hennings, Kenneth Locke, Apostle Radontae Ashford, Walter Lanier, Alderman Mark Chambers, Khalif El-Amin, Kyle Ashley, and Muhibb Dyer.  

Entertainment: Kevin Durham (Special K), a teacher at River Trail School   

Closing Remarks: Gary Thomas, MPS Recreation Supervising Associate II, and Nate Deans, Director, Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement   

All participants are encouraged to wear Black Lives Matter, Black history, or family-identified items.  

  

Thursday, February 8  

Collective Value In-School Activity  

School communities unite, engage, and enjoy one another through cultural activities, creativity, and exploration during the school day. Each activity encourages awareness of the Black Lives Matter principles and the importance of our collective value.   

All participants are encouraged to wear Black Lives Matter, Black history or family-identified items.  

  

Friday, February 9  

Kuumba Student Showcase   

Students will showcase their creativity through the power of their voice and other talents, in song, dance, storytelling, and other art forms.   

Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.   

Location: Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 2300 W. Highland Ave., Milwaukee  

 

Welcome: Dr. Toni Dinkins, Regional Superintendent, MPS Northwest Region   

Facilitators: Felice Beal, Instructional Leadership Director, MPS East Region, and Principal Anesia Hayes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School  

Performances: MPS students   

Closing Remarks: Nate Deans, Director, Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement, and Nuntiata Buck, District Manager, Liberal Arts, Office of Academics, Department of Curriculum and Instruction   

All participants are encouraged to wear their new Black Lives Matter T-shirts.  

 

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