Rosalind Cox: Community leader
Rosalind Cox has been a Milwaukee resident since she was a young woman living in the East side of Milwaukee. Starting in the late '80s she as well as her son and daughter moved into a duplex in Washington Park. The living situation they had was for her to live on the lower level and then her young adult children lived upstairs. After the kids moved out and Cox went overseas for the military, the pipes burst when winter came which led to problems for when she came back in the eighties. Since then, she moved a few houses down to the place she really considers home, in more ways than one, and has also been working to fix up her previous house on her own. She considers her move to this neighborhood was a "blessing in disguise" because she has been able to find a new identity as an active member of this community. She is currently working on projects such as community gardens for the neighborhood because she is a firm believer that being engaged in the community and beautifying the area is a positive motivation for the improvement upon mindset. As a veteran herself, Ms. Cox envisions both of her properties being donated to the community for homeless veterans because she knows what it’s like to come home and all of a sudden everything is gone and she wants to help them transition.
Cox has worked incessantly to contribute to the Washington Park neighborhood. Cox works with Washington Park Partners, Washington Park's Neighborhood Improvement District (NID), and the Milwaukee Neighborhood Leadership Institute. When she first moved into the area, there was a noticeable decline in the neighborhood’s well-being. Even knowing of a decline, she stayed put because she said it was her calling and has been involved with church and youth programs, helping the community grow.
Rosalind Cox on difficulties faced by veterans.
Rosalind Cox explains the importance of relationships and social ties that connect individuals and communities.
Rosalind Cox talks about her previous home and the struggles of homeownership.
- Rosalind Cox, interview by George Ananchev, Bridgette Binczak and Paula Chinato, June 2014.