“I just want to be somebody someday:” Tuxedo walk helps young boys march to a better future

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Powerful words were spoke by a community leader who is working to make a difference in the lives of at risk African American men on Saturday, December 13th.

"We need to show our youth there's more to life than the streets," said Joe Davis, Milwaukee Alderman and Mentor.

The organization "We Got This!" held a tuxedo walk for 50 inner city African American boys.

The young men are learning how to be gentlemen. The We Got This! group's main mission is to show at risk boys there's more to life than the streets.

"It's bad in our community. We want to stop the violence, no more violence," said one of the boys, Michael Coleman.

In a community where police lights are prevalent and shootings occur regularly, mentors like Joe Davis are working to better the young men's lives.

"This is just a small way to get them on a good path to help them understand there is a proper way of dealing with that trauma but there's always adults here that actually going to have their backs that want them to do good," said Davis.

So today, each boy was given a quick hair cut and a tuxedo.

"We want to to look their best because we want them to be their best and we want them to know they are capable of doing their best," said Elliott Torrence, Mentor.

After several photo ops, the group took to the streets of downtown Milwaukee. Hand in hand they marched to a better future.

"It makes me feel great. It makes me feel wonderful, it makes me excited. I just want to be somebody someday," said Coleman.

The boys were treated to a steak dinner at Carson's Steakhouse provided by their mentors who also wrote them letters of encouragement.

10 comments

  • Scott Stalker

    Congratulations to the kids for getting a tuxedo and free haircut and walking downtown!! I’m wit the w.e.b. dubouis movement and ideologies!! If you get an opportunity, research the talented tenth and look into the idea behind it…

  • Scott Stalker

    Good idea, but in my humble opinion, more time needs to be directed towards financial literacy, education, love for yourself and honoring black women!! Marches and protests have no real face value!!!

  • Alicia

    This is awesomely fantastic. What a great idea. kudos to these mentors and these men of Milwaukee stepping up and stepping out to be examples. God bless them. I pray that everyone of those young men realizes they ARE somebody TODAY!

  • Peter

    I applaud all of you! Yes, self respect, hard work, respecting others and hanging with folks with the same values will get you far in life. It’s a hard road, but your character is at stake and you can accomplish great things. Don’t let the negative people or experiences you may encounter hold you down.

  • Mamie aka Dupree Hegwood

    I really appreciated the story Tuxedo Walk . So many negative stories about Violence in our Central City . This story made my Heart Cry it was awesome full of Hope . Our young men need more mentors such as these and Programs with Positive outcome . God Bless this program .

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