Bronzeville Week promotes African-American arts, culture and unites community

MILWAUKEE — Bronzeville Week kicked off its annual celebration early on Saturday morning with a run-walk down Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

The HaRUNbee 5k Walk/Run for Healthy Birth Outcomes began just after 8:30 a.m. following a group workout led by local fitness instructor Natalie Hayden.

“It is amazing. This my third year personally, and just to see everyone out in great spirits, thinking of how they could be a part of solving the problem," said Hayden.

The race -- raising awareness to prevent unhealthy birth outcomes and infant mortality -- partnered with Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District, the main force behind Bronzeville Week (Aug. 7 -14) activities.

The District, a City redevelopment initiative, works to promote African-American arts, culture and businesses in Harambee and adjacent Milwaukee neighborhoods.

"This isn’t about anything but bringing the culture and arts and entertainment back to life right here in Milwaukee.," said Deshea Agee, Executive Director of the Historic King Drive Business Improvement District.

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