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This image of Porche Bennett-Bey, a Kenosha activist, is embedded in Time Magazine’s online story naming her among its Guardians of the Year for 2020. Image courtesy of time.com.

KENOSHA ⏤Time Magazine has chosen a local activist as one of its Guardians of the Year for 2020.

Porche Bennett-Bey, aka “Mookie Bey”, has been a staple of local protests. In fact, if you haven’t seen Bennett-Bey, it’s likely because YOU haven’t been somewhere.

Bennett-Bey is among one of the many local Black leaders who have stepped up in the Kenosha community following the death of George Floyd and the shooting of Jacob Blake on Aug. 23 by Kenosha Police Department Officer Rusten Sheskey.

You can find her on the scene of protests, rallies, counter protests, government meetings and leading community conversations. And she is often the first to show up in situations where others may fear to tread, such as when armed militia men mysteriously appear in Civic Center Park. 

The Observer spoke to Bennett-Bey on camera months ago for a project later put on hold. That project served to introduce the community to familiar faces that they maybe didn’t really know well.

Below, please find the video of Bennett-Bey, introducing herself to the Kenosha community in her own, unique way.

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