The 12th Annual Heal the Hood Block Party Celebrated Love, Community, and Unity on Milwaukee’s Northside

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A glimpse of the Heal the Hood 12th annual block party. (Picture By Maria Peralta-Arellano/ Carvd N Stone)
A glimpse of the Heal the Hood 12th annual block party. (Picture By Maria Peralta-Arellano/ Carvd N Stone)

Bubbles, laughter, and music filled the warm air as Heal The Hood celebrated its 12th annual Block Party on a sunny Saturday on the Northside of Milwaukee. Vendors, food trucks, and community members flooded 6th and Center down to Martin Luther King Dr. and Center. Friendly faces chatted together as they shared information, resources, and a safe space to enjoy the heat and the community they have built together. 

The block party, which was celebrated on May 25, 2024, was dedicated to love, healing, culture, and art as the movement started by Ajamou Butler continues to grow in the Milwaukee community. 

“I feel good, I ain’t going to lie. My Black boy joy is bubbling right now, it’s overflowing. I feel real good right now,” said Butler.

The event featured over 40 vendors ranging from community resources and organizations to arts and crafts. Entertainment included African drumming and dance performances and a performance by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

The block party welcomed over 1,000 visitors this year who all wanted to support the mission of Heal the Hood. The event was organized and brought to life by various volunteers and community members like Jessica Butler, the operations leader for Heal the Hood.

“For me, a healed hood looks like folks being able to have access to all the things they need to live a whole sustainable life that includes having great quality education, quality housing, liveable income, all the things, access to health care mental health resources. It also includes folks just being safe, the absence of violence, especially gun violence.” 

– Jessica Butler

Carvd N Stone was the official media sponsor. To watch Carvd N Stone’s coverage of the 2024 Heal the Hood Block Party click here.

Maria Peralta-Arellano

Maria Peralta-Arellano is a Milwaukee-native journalist who focuses on sharing news from her local communities. She dedicates her work to accessibility and producing bilingual coverage focused on arts, culture, and politics. She looks to explore her community through a journalistic and creative lens.

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