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An Evening to Promote Racial Justice
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Us…

On Tuesday, December 3, 2019 as we celebrate the 15th annual An Evening to Promote Racial Justice at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts!  This milestone anniversary features live music, buffet reception and a riveting keynote presentation by Emmy-award winning journalist, Maria Hinojosa.

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About the Speaker

Meet Maria Hinojosa, the keynote speaker for YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s 15th Annual An Evening to Promote Racial Justice!

Ms. Hinojosa is a distinguished news anchor and reporter who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues. As the anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, which is distributed by NPR, and anchor and Executive Producer of the PBS show, America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, she has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. Born in Mexico City and raised in Chicago, IL, Hinojosa will bring to the podium her straightforward viewpoint on “Immigration and the Impact on Women & Families of Color.”

To learn more, read Maria Hinojosa’s full bio.

Nominate someone…

Each year at our signature event, we highlight two individuals who embody the passion it requires to push the needle in Racial Justice and Women’s Empowerment work in Southeast Wisconsin.

Nominations: Please be thorough and detailed in your response. The selection committee may not know your candidate well enough to evaluate them if your responses are not thorough.

Restrictions: No group or self-nominations.

Deadline: Monday, October 14, 2019 at Noon

Award honorees will be recognized at this year’s 15th Annual An Evening to Promote Racial Justice.

Submit Nomination Form


Are you unsure of who to nominate and want to view previous award recipients? Use the link below to read about awardees who have received the Empowering Women, Eliminating Racism or Bright Futures Awards.

Past Award Recipients


Past speakers include:

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Robin DiAngelo

Julianne Malveaux

Julian Bond

Harry Belfonte

Eugene Robinson

Rebecca Skloot

Soledad O’Brien

Tim Wise

Donna Brazille

Lou Gosset

Angela Davis

Naomi Tutu

Circle of Women: Stand With Her
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Circle of Women is an annual spring celebration of the power of women’s vision to improve individual lives and the community as a whole.  YWCA Southeast Wisconsin debuted this event in 1995, the first event of its kind in metro-Milwaukee to demonstrate that the generosity of women (and those who share their commitment) can make the impossible probable.

Join 2020 Co-Chairs Deborah Allen, D.B.A. and Gary Hollander, PhD for the 24th Annual Circle of Women!