Below is an article published by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement about some of my work in Milwaukee. I had the great privilege this summer to be 1 of 24 members of the inaugural class of Building Beloved Community Fellows. “”Inspiring” does not do justice to the experience of engaging with this group of leaders from around the country to build capacity in our respective cities. What was particularly compelling, especially in light of the tragedy and inhumanity in Charlottesville, was the time we had to spend at the Building Beloved Community Center. Pastor Johnson and his friends and family were attacked by KKK, Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists during the Greensboro Massacre in 1979. He talks about the corollaries between then and now in this clip. This experience was very powerful. He lost loved ones but that forged in him and them the compelling call to move forward. We should do the same.
In any event, below is a short excerpt from the article and link to read it in its entirety:
“The City of Milwaukee is one of CBMA’s core Promise of Place cities and where we’ve built significant partnerships and collaborations to support local Black Male Achievement efforts. Among the Milwaukee leaders helping to lead those efforts is Walter Lanier, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), and the senior pastor of Progressive Baptist Church.”
Lanier is also a part of the inaugural cohort of CBMA’s Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellows (BBCLF), which this summer hosted its first gathering in Greensboro, North Carolina. For our August member spotlight, CBMA talked to Lanier about the critical work he’s doing in Milwaukee’s community college system, and how he’s working through his church to de-stigmatize mental illness in the Black community.”