Each day in February, we are featuring a local, Greater Green Bay Black Herstory/History Maker. This is a 5 part series. Check out part two here. Check out part three here. Check our part four here. Check out part five here.
Bio: Gregory Frederic is a self-taught award-winning artist, guest speaker, live painter, mentor, and muralist hired by many organizations, including The Green Bay Packers. After painting murals in his birth country of Haiti, he relocated to Wisconsin where he raises his family and continues adding to his list of satisfied collectors. His unique masterpieces can be seen at Appleton Public Library, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Austin Straubel Airport, and numerous other places. He is a member of the Wisconsin Alliance of Artists & Craftspeople, National Association of Independent Artists, Wisconsin Craft, The Art-Hop Collective, United Arts, Mosaic Arts Inc., and a former board member of The Art Garage in Green Bay. He teaches various art classes to aspiring artists with disabilities as an instructor for ARTS For ALL Wisconsin and often teaches from his own studio in Suamico.
Reason Nominated: Gregory is a force in the art community in Green Bay and nationally. His work to mentor others, especially youth and underrepresented artists through Aspiring Artists and Art Education for the orphanage children in Jacmel, Haiti, is core to how Gregory is. Besides being an award-winning artist, Gregory is always looking for ways to give back to the community.
Bio: Hi, I'm Latosha Greenleaf, a proud Black woman who has resided in Green Bay for over 20 years. With a Bachelor's degree in accounting, I proudly serve as the Executive Director of Urban Cultural Arts & Event Center, an art-focused community center, whose mission is close to my heart. My journey reflects a commitment to our community, especially advocating for children, the elderly, and individuals with special needs.. This Black History Month, let's celebrate our shared successes as we look forward to making a positive impact together.
Reason Nominated: I can go on for days talking about this woman. Although on the surface Tasha makes running an entire art center on her own look easy. Getting to know her personally and seeing her thrive behind the scenes, after enduring life-changing traumatic events she continued to find the strength to keep going for the sake of the community. Tasha has continued to not only keep Urban Cultural Arts moving forward for the community she also makes intentional time to be a friend, and support system to others in need as well.
With Tasha's unwavering dedication to the community, I like to nominate her. It has been very inspiring to see her grow and step out of her comfort zone as well as have her as part of my support system to remind me to keep moving forward.
Bio: Andrew Amouzou is a reporter at NBC26 serving as the Green Bay neighborhood reporter. He joined the NBC26 News team in June 2023. Coming from the Chicagoland area, Wisconsin has been Andrew’s home away from home. He graduated from Marquette University in May 2023 where he spent most of his time working for student media and being involved with many ethnic organizations.
He pulls inspiration from his Afro-Latino heritage and his faith while embracing Marquette’s motto of “Be the Difference” daily. “I truly thank God for the opportunities to use me to inspire others with my story,” Amouzou said.
Reason Nominated: Andrew is new to Green Bay but is already making connections and building relationships. Through his work as a multimedia journalist, he is working to tell stories that matter to our community.