CBMA City

Milwaukee, WI

 
71
 City Scorecard
Total Population

599,498

Black Male Population

107,844

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About Milwaukee

AS ONE OF OUR BUILDING BLOCK CITIES, MILWAUKEE RECEIVED A HIGH SCORE of 71 points due to its strong city administration commitment to Black men and boys (BMB), while showing significant need for greater targeted funding, a larger BMB stakeholder community, and coordinated activities supporting BMB. As it is one of CBMA’s core City Strategy cities, CBMA has conducted local webinars, trainings, and meetings, and supported Milwaukee’s Council on African American Males through a capacity-building grant. In June 2017, Milwaukee Public Schools launched the Department of African American and Latino Male Achievement to directly address equity for young men of color. 

The strongest building blocks currently in place in Milwaukee are Black Men and Boys Stakeholder Community and Reimagining Black Men and Boys, scoring an average of 5.5 and 5.4 points out of 10, respectively. Funding is the weakest building block currently in place in Milwaukee.

WISCONSIN HAS BEEN LABELED THE WORST STATE FOR BLACK STUDENTS STATISTICALLY. WE BELIEVE WE HAVE THE CAPACITY AND WILL TO CHANGE THE OUTCOMES FOR OUR COMMUNITY. WITH THE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM CBMA, WE INTEND TO DO SO. THESE ARE OUR KIDS, AND OUR SCHOOLS SHOULD BE THE PLACE WHERE THEY CAN ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS.” Dr. Darienne Driver SUPERINTENDENT, MILWAUKEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The majority of work and leadership related to issues affecting BMB is occurring on the grassroots/community level and there is a need for greater involvement and coordination with city leadership. Public and business leaders’ participation in BMA efforts is currently siloed, largely uncoordinated, and not visible. Activity does appear to be happening in some individual organizations. 

Local organizations, programs and initiatives supporting and/or working on behalf of Milwaukee’s Black men and boys: 

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