Dear YGB Community,
With the rights of the Dreamers being eroded, a newly-found 27:1 homelessness disparity in Madison, and continued efforts by the Trump Administration to make life even worse for people of color, we need your support now more than ever.
Please show up and show out to a wide range of events this Black History Month! (See Below)
Wisconsin Black Arts Festival 2018
February 2-4 - Wisconsin African American Women’s Center (3020 W Vliet St in Milwaukee)
This week, show your love for Black arts by attending the Wisconsin Black Arts Festival in Milwaukee, featuring dancers, musicians, and spoken word artists of color. For more info, click here.
Hip Hop Benefit Concert
Saturday, February 3 at 7pm - Art In (1444 E Washington in Madison)
The Free the 350 Bail Fund needs all the support it can get. This Saturday, the bail fund will host a local underground hip hop party for people aged 21 and older, with 100% of the proceeds going to the fund. For more information on the event, click here. To donate to the bail fund, click here.
Black History Soiree
Saturday, February 3 at 10pm - Camp Trippalindee (601 Langdon St)
After you’re done with the Hip Hop Benefit Concert, head over to Camp Trippalindee to celebrate Black History Month with drinks. For more info, click here.
Do It Like Durham! Discussion with Takiyah Thompson
Sunday, February 4 at 2pm - 2146 E Johnson St
This Sunday, join Takiyah Thompson - one of the first eight activists arrested in the Durham protests last year to remove a Confederate statue - to discuss how to combat white supremacy. For more info, click here.
Social Justice in Religion and Secularism
Thursday, February 6 at 6:30pm - UW Memorial Union (800 Langdon St)
On Tuesday, the Center for Religion will discuss the intersections between social justice, religion, and secularism. For more info, click here.
Black Voices - Black History Month Wednesdays
Wednesday, February 7 at 6pm - Urban League (2222 S Park St)
Black Voices - Black History Month Wednesdays will kick off on February 7 to celebrate historical Black poetry, including Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Maya Angelou. For more info, click here.
Black and Brilliant 2018
Thursday, February 8 at 11am - Madison College (1701 Wright St)
This event, hosted by the Madison College Black Student Union, will showcase Black participation in the political process, featuring guest speakers and lunch. For more info, click here.
Ambition - Black Women’s Leadership Accelerator
Friday, February 9 at 7am - Urban League (2222 S Park St)
Every month from February to October, on the second Friday of the month, the Black Women’s Leadership Accelerator will be held, which will help Black women to excel in their professional careers. For more info, click here.
Free Screening of Hidden Figures
Tuesday, February 13 at 5:30pm - Marquee Theater at Union South (1308 W Dayton St)
On February 13 at Union South, watch a free screening of “Hidden Figures”, a film about three women of color who worked for NASA, followed by a talkback on the underrepresentation of women of color in STEM fields. For more info, click here.
In Conversation with Lena Waithe
Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30pm - Union South (1308 W Dayton St)
For Black History Month, Emmy Award winning screenwriter, producer, and actress Lena Waithe will deliver a keynote speech, addressing cultural sensibilities and challenging audience to think outside of conventional norms. For more info, click here.
Milwaukee Redlining with Reggie Jackson
Tuesday, February 13 at 7pm - Jewish Museum Milwaukee (1360 N Prospect Ave in Milwaukee)
This event on February 13, led by historian Reggie Jackson, will explain Milwaukee’s long history of racist redlining practices in the first part of a three part series. For more info, click here.
The second part of the series, which will feature a documentary and a lecture from former Milwaukee Urban League President and CEO Ralph Hollman, will be held at the same time and same place exactly one week later.
The Blood is at the Doorstep
Sunday, February 18 at 7pm - Varsity Theatre (1326 W Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee)
This event will show a documentary about a family’s fight for justice for Dontre Hamilton, who was shot 14 times by the Milwaukee Police in 2014. A talkback will follow the screening. For more info, click here.
Hidden Impact of Segregation
Thursday, February 22 at 6:30pm - Progressive Baptist Church (8324 W Keefe Ave in Milwaukee)
This event in Milwaukee, featuring Reggie Jackson and hosted by the Progressive Baptist Church in Milwaukee, will discuss the effects of segregation as part of the church’s Black history program. For more info, click here.
Ball & Chain: A Play by Tiffany Ike
Thursday, February 22 at 7pm - Union Wisconsin Room at UW Milwaukee Student Union (2200 E Kenwood Blvd in Milwaukee)
“Ball & Chain” is a play about Blackness and masculinity, told through the narrative of basketball phenom Deandre Washington. For more info, click here.
Word Power Youth Open Mic & Poetry Slam
Friday, February 23 and 30, at 6pm - Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St)
This open mic and poetry slam will feature youth between ages 13 and 19 sharing their poetry, music, and moves! For more info, click here.
Social Justice Leadership Retreat
February 23-25 - Green Lake Conference Center
This three day conference held by the UW Madison Multicultural Student Center will take 60 students and 10 facilitators to the Green Lake Conference Center to discuss identity, allyship, privilege, and leadership. To apply or learn more, click here.
Free Screening of The 13th Hosted by MUM
Monday, February 26 at 5pm - Marquee Theater at Union South (1308 W Dayton St)
On February 26 at the Union South, enjoy a screening of “The 13th”, a groundbreaking documentary that covers America’s racist mass incarceration system. For more info and registration, click here.
Wednesday, February 28 at 6pm - UW Milwaukee Union Cinema (2200 E Kenwood Blvd in Milwaukee)
On the last day of February, join UW Milwaukee to watch the documentary “Whose Streets?”, which provides an account of the uprising in Ferguson told by the people who lived it. For more info, click here.
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