An official City of Milwaukee event in its fifth year, Bronzeville Week has blossomed into a premier celebration of Milwaukee’s rich African American legacy of culture, arts, history and entertainment.

The Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District is a City of Milwaukee redevelopment initiative inspired by Milwaukee’s original Bronzeville, and it is striving to revitalize the area of Milwaukee where African-American culture has been a mainstay.

“Bronzeville Week has become synonymous with arts, culture and commerce and thousands have enjoyed its diverse events and offerings each year,” said Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs. “It has truly become an enjoyable and enriching August tradition in Milwaukee, and one that is welcoming to families and people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Taking place from August 5 to 12, the festival features the second annual HaRUNbee 5K Walk/Run, to promote wellness by encouraging families to stay healthy and fit, both mentally and physically. Alderwoman Coggs was the primary sponsor of legislation creating the partnership between Bronzeville Week & the HaRUNbee Walk/Run.

“According to the City of Milwaukee Fetal Infant Mortality Review Report (2013), during 2009-2011, the Harambee neighborhood, in which Bronzeville is located, had the second highest rate of infant mortality in the City of Milwaukee. HaRUNbee will again bring together residents of Milwaukee, from both within and outside of the Harambee community, to participate in a 5K Walk/Run as an effort to increase infant mortality education and to support each other in this important public health endeavor,” Alderwoman Coggs said.

The Bronzeville Redevelopment Plan seeks to create economic development in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in a way that recaptures the enthusiasm and attractiveness of the original Bronzeville District. Bounded by Garfield Avenue to Center Street, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive to 7th Street, the Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District is wholly located in the 6th Aldermanic District.

Saturday, August 5

Bronzeville Cultural and Arts Festival
North Ave. between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. and N. 7th St.
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

HaRUNbee 5K Walk/Run
Beginning & ending at 6th and North Ave.
7:30 AM – Registration / 9:00 AM – Race begins

Sunday, August 6

Crown Sunday
King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church, 2375 N. 4th St.
9:00 AM / Community Clean-Up – 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Monday, August 7

Bronzeville Historical Conversation: The Role of Art in the Fight for Social Justice
Milwaukee Urban League, 435 W. North Ave.
5:00 PM Reception / 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Program

Tuesday, August 8

Bronzeville Cash Mob
Birdsong Distribution, 2216 N. Dr. MLK Jr. Drive
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

A Night in Bronzeville: And the men shall also gather
Gee’s Clippers, 2200 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, August 9

Cool-Aid & Canvases
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library 310 W. Locust St.
12:00 PM – 1st session / 2:00 PM – 2nd session

Trolley Rides
Pick-up in front Skybox Sports Bar 2213 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.
12:00 PM – 1st Tour / 5:30 PM – 2nd Tour

Move the Crowd: Bronzeville
The Big Eazy Restaurant, 2053 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.
8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

Thursday, August 10

4th Quarter Sports Bar & Grill, 2722 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
6:00 PM

Friday, August 11

Bronzeville Business Breakfast
P3 Development Group, 1916 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Bronzeville Battles
Skybox Sports Bar, 2213 N Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Bronzeville: Sleepover for Education
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and North Ave.
7:00 PM – 8:00 AM

Saturday, August 12

Bronzeville Bike Ride
Reader’s Choice Book Store, 1950 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.
10:00 AM

Bronzeville Black Food Truck Fest
Garfield Ave. between N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. and 2nd St.
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Bronzeville Art Walk
N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., Various locations from Hadley St. to McKinley Ave.
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Lee Matz