VOTE TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2020
Bo Black Was My Lighthouse In the Storm
(MILWAUKEE) – Today, Michelle Bryant, candidate for Wisconsin’s 6th Senate District released the following statement, upon learning of the passing of Elizabeth "Bo" Black:
“When I walked into the African World Festival office in 2010, as the newly appointed Executive Director, I put down my bag and asked what have I done. I wanted to help restore the festival for my community. A volunteer effort turned into a full-time commitment. As I sat at the desk, thinking where do I begin, the phone rang. It’s my first day, I remembered thinking. Who knows I’m here?” Bo knew.
Calling from Arizona, the woman on the other end of the line, introduced herself as Bo Black. She’d heard I’d come on board and called to wish me luck. Over the course of the next hour, this woman I’d never met, walked me through the ins and outs of running a festival. I took notes and she laughed. She sensed I was overwhelmed and said let’s schedule regular calls. Before hanging up she whispered, “When your tickets go on sale, call and let me know, I will buy 100 of them”. When the time came, that is exactly what she did.
While I was learning how to navigate the tumultuous world of contract riders, how to weather the waves of temperamental stars, and dealing with the disappointment of just enough rain to dampen festival attendance, but not enough for the rain insurance policy to kick in, Bo Black was my lighthouse in the storm.
She shared her failures and successes, told me not to let anyone push me around, and gave me invaluable advice. Most importantly, she reminded me to take a “break and enjoy the music, because one day it’s going to stop”. I send my heartfelt condolences to Bo’s family and thank them for sharing her with me.”
In 2 days, we have lost two civil rights giants, Rep. John Lewis and C.T. Vivian. We all have such a huge debt and responsibility for the work done on this nation's behalf by these men. In periods of great turmoil, they stepped forward to lead. Many of us run from the responsibility to speak up for our fellow man, to give voice to the unheard, and risk our personal well-being for others. These men walked into the line of fire, many a day, so that the rest of us could walk in the sunshine. Rest in Peace, My Heroes. We will continue the fight!