Last August, Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood was swept up in violent protests and rioting following the fatal police shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith. Almost two years to the day before Smith was killed, 18-year old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Both incidents resulted in rioting, a number of businesses being looted and burned, injuries to police officers and others, dozens of protesters being arrested, and months of civil unrest and intense national media interest.
Johnny Little, Jr. has spent the past two-and-a-half years playing a major role in addressing the issues and healing the wounds in Ferguson, a town of 21,000 people near St. Louis. He will share lessons learned in Ferguson and how they can be applied in Milwaukee and elsewhere.
Little is a public relations and strategic communications counselor whose firm, eLittle Communications Group, has assisted the City of Ferguson since November 2014. Prior to launching his agency, he served as executive director of communications for the St. Louis Public Schools, Missouri’s largest school district. Previously, he worked in TV news at stations in Alabama, Mississippi and St. Louis. He was the first African American executive news producer at KMOV-TV 4, the CBS affiliate in St. Louis.
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Coming to the July Meeting? We’ll be collecting napkins, plastic spoons and plastic bowls for Repairers of the Breach Homeless Day Shelter in Milwaukee.
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