Three mothers. A principal. A mother and a stepfather. A pastor. A young optimist. A reformed advocate. Read the stories of these Milwaukee lives touched by violence.
“If communities get better, schools will, too.” – Keith Carrington, the principal
“Now that I’m out, I want to pay it forward in the memory of my best friend. I want his life to mean something.” – Ramiah Whiteside, the second chance
“All we wanted to do was steer him toward the right path.” – Niki Smith (with Damien), the parents
“We all have to work toward solutions.” – Marcus Arrington, the Pastor
“I’m going to college and I’m playing ball. I did something positive.” – Marquell Jenkins, the optimist
“I’ve learned that trauma can be generational. Trying to get by and survive, we won’t ever heal.” – Jasmine Moore, with the mothers
The organizing group LIT has amplified youth voices calling for the demilitarization of schools.
Valerie Daniels-Carter is one of the nation’s most successful fast-food franchisers – and a philanthropist, inspirational speaker and even would-be Milwaukee Doe.
They center stories – of all tellers.