MKE Black celebrates and promotes Black business, events, culture, and advancement in the greater Milwaukee area. We are a non-profit dedicated to providing a one stop shop for locals and tourists, with information on dining, shopping, culture, resources, and more through our website and app. We also help Black Businesses by providing funding and resources to thrive.

Our vision is to increase and sustain the impact of Milwaukee’s Black business community.

MKE Black is a registered non-profit in Wisconsin and we are working towards 501c3 status.

Who We Are

MKE Black was founded in 2019 by Paul Wellington and Rick Banks, two people who wanted to showcase Milwaukee’s Black community to local residents and tourists.

Paul Wellington

Cofounder, Executive Director

Paul Wellington holds a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, though he works as a public library supervisor. He is the author of Black Built: History and Architecture in the Black Community, a publication discussing the work of Black architects in the United States. Paul also runs the international blog ArchBrick Daily, showcasing the fan made LEGO architecture. 

Rick Banks

Cofounder, Board Member

Rick Banks is a Milwaukee native who is joining BLOC after spending three years as a neighborhood organizer. He’s been an activist and an organizer in Milwaukee since 2010 when he was spurred by protests following the passage of ACT 10. Rick proudly identifies as pro-labor, pro-student rights, pro-women & LGBT+ equality, and he strongly opposes white supremacy and police violence.

Mazie Wellington

Community Events Coordinator

Mazie Wellington holds a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and currently works in a suburban district of Milwaukee as an Elementary Special Education Teacher. She is also a mother, wife, runner, and crafter. 

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