Skip to main content

Racial Equity

Opening Reception and Conversation - Color-Brave Photo Project

Posted in
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton

color brave photo project bannerJoin ESTHER and Fit Oshkosh at the Appleton Public Library on September 27 for the opening of “The Color-Brave Photo Project: Black and Brown Faces, a New Narrative.”

This traveling exhibit, a project of Fit Oshkosh, will be on display starting September 27 through October 3 at the Appleton Public Library on the first floor. The exhibit will be introduced at a reception and community conversation hosted by ESTHER and facilitated by Fit Oshkosh.

The Color-Brave exhibit features photographs of people of color who live in Oshkosh. The photos are accompanied by stories about the person’s life. The exhibit seeks to shift common stereotypes about people of color, to explore the negative impacts these false narratives have on the community and to celebrate residents of color.

“Ultimately, the exhibit is a celebration of people of color, our choices and our lives with our own images and stories,” said Tracey Robertson, Fit Oshkosh Executive Director. This project was funded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. The Color-Brave Photo opening reception and community conversation is sponsored by ESTHER.

Dignity and Respect Campaign: 2nd Community Conversation

Posted in
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Appleton Public Library, 225 North Oneida St., Appleton

“Tell Them We Are Rising” posterA screening and discussion of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. Learn about the history of black colleges and universities in American, which have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every fgield. A Community Conversation wil be led afterwards by Karen Nelson, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, City of Appleton. Celebrating inclusion of all ages, cultures and backgrounds, the Dignity and Respect Campaign is a year-long engagement for the entire community.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by City of Appleton, Wisconsin Public Television, and Lawrence University.

For more information, email or call 920-832-6400.

WISDOM Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd, Pewaukee, WI



At this forum, WISDOM leaders from around the state will be asking gubernatorial candidates very specific questions about their intentions in the areas of criminal justice reform (including parole, crimeless revocations, treatment alternatives to incarceration, Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, solitary confinement), public transportation, childhood poverty, health care, immigration, education, mining.

WISDOM affiliates on Wisconsin map

Confirmed candidates so far include:

  • Matt Flynn
  • Andy Gronik
  • Mike McCabe
  • Mahlon Mitchell
  • Kelda Roys
  • Kathleen Vinehout
  • Dana Wachs

Candidates unable to attend, expressing regrets: Tony Evers, Paul Soglin

Also invited, awaiting response: Scott Walker

Hosted by the WISDOM network.

Car-pooling from Northeast Wisconsin is being arranged, including reimbursement of cost of gasoline for those who drive. Contact ESTHER by phone (920-843-8083) or email ( to make arrangements.

For the most current information, see the event page on Facebook:

“I Am Not Your Negro” - Public Showing

Posted in
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 740 E College Ave, Appleton

I Am Not Your Negro posterI Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

This film is “must see” for anyone who wants to understand the state of race relations in this country today. You should see it if you have been wondering why Black people today seem so angry. It will show you why Black people are tired of waiting for the fulfillment of the promises of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. You will see that, while some progress has been made, old forms of oppression and exploitation persist and new ones, like mass incarceration, have decimated Black communities.

Fit Oshkosh - because race mattersA moderated discussion will follow the film. No charge. All are welcome.

Presented by ESTHER in collaboration with Fit Oshkosh. Thanks to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Appleton, for hosting this event.

Help spread the word; download and share the event poster (click on 'Attachment' below).

Syndicate content