Milwaukee Bucks star Brandon Jennings took some time practice ball handling skills and dribbling with a young, future basketball star. Jennings recently held a basketball camp at Homestead High School in Mequon. During the camp, Jennings also participated in basketball games and drills with the campers. One lucky camper received a special treat when Jennings gave him the shoes he was wearing. (photo by Yvonne Kemp)
PANTHERFEST returns to the Milwaukee lakefront Friday, Sept. 9, and resumes its role as the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s largest event of the year with headlining performances from Lupe Fiasco and Girl Talk.
Now in its fifth year, PANTHERFEST will be held at the Marcus Amphitheater and forecourt area of the Summerfest grounds, 5 p.m. to midnight.
Preshow festivities are from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater forecourt, where DJ Kid Cut puts an eclectic musical background behind activities, games and events that are free to UWM students. Lupe Fiasco kicks off the activities in the Marcus Amphitheater, followed by fireworks co-sponsored by UWM and Indian Summer Festival. Girl Talk will close the event.
PANTHERFEST is an annual celebration for the entire campus community that caps off UWM’s Campus KickOff: two weeks of events, activities and get-togethers for new and returning students.
“PANTHERFEST, UWM’s largest event of the year, will feature great music, fun activities, fireworks and an opportunity for the UWM campus community and alumni to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year,” says Scott Gore, PANTHERFEST event director.
Gore guarantees “something for everyone,” and encourages students to make good decisions related to their behavior before, during and after PANTHERFEST.
Student-only promotions include drawings for one semester of paid tuition, textbooks and more prizes from the UWM Bookstore, the UW Credit Union and other event sponsors.
Students, alumni, faculty, staff and their families are offered free tickets to the event. In addition to the headliners, entertainment options include an obstacle course, Euro bungee, giant slide, carnival games, ticket giveaways, contests, intramural sports competitions and demonstrations. Many of these activities emphasize hands-on participation, with attendees being invited to jump in and join the fun.
First Friday, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, kicks off at PANTHERFEST with students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of UWM invited to Jo Jo’s, also on the grounds, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Chancellor Michael Lovell will attend the gathering. Traditional First Friday fare will be available.
As an added bonus, PANTHERFEST attendees are admitted free to Indian Summer Festival on Friday only, 4 p.m.-midnight. Indian Summer Festival runs through Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds). The Friday night firework display, presented by PANTHERFEST in collaboration with Indian Summer Festival, will begin with a torch-lit canoe procession and a special tribute to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
Free PANTHERFEST tickets for UWM students, faculty and staff can be picked up in the UWM Union Concourse starting August 26 at 9 a.m.
Alumni can request two tickets through the UWM Alumni Association (UWMAA) at www4.uwm.edu/alumni/events/pantherfest.cfm orwww.alumni.uwm.edu. The PANTHERFEST Alumni Ticket Request Form must be completed by Tuesday, Sept. 6. Alumni tickets will be available for pickup at the Marcus Amphitheater Box Office will-call windows on Sept. 9, 5-8 p.m., with proper identification.
Tickets for this event will not be available to the general public, but students from University of Wisconsin System schools can purchase up to two tickets at a price of $30 each. For purchasing information visitcampuskickoff.com or call the Marcus Amphitheater Box Office at 414-273-2600.
When purchasing tickets, UW System students must show valid college ID at the Marcus Amphitheater Box Office or UWM Bookstore, limit two tickets per ID.
A complete schedule and details will be available at campuskickoff.com.Follow at twitter.com/campuskickoff and become a fan atwww.facebook.com/UWMCK. Read the blog atcampuskickoff.wordpress.com.
St. Mark A.M.E. Church’s Christians Explorers will hold its second annual golf tournament on Sept. 10 at the Scenic View Golf Course in Slinger.
The tournament format will be a four-person scramble. The event will also include lunch, dinner and a coupon for a free round of golf at Scenic View. Prizes will be awarded for low gross and low net scores. The cost of the tournament is $85 and $95 after Aug. 1.
Proceeds from the event will go to St. Mark’s Sister Church in the 16thEpiscopal District of the AME Church.
On January 12, 2009, Haiti was rocked by one of the worst earthquakes in its history.
According to geologists, the magnitude 7 earthquake that struck Haiti was the strongest earthquake to hit the region in more than two centuries.
The earthquake in Haiti totally destroyed four of the nine A.M.E. churches and the rebuilding cost for these four basic structures is estimated at $1.5 million.
As a result of the devastation and a very real need to help, the Christian Explorers Adult Sunday School Class made the decision to assist our Sister Church in the 16thEpiscopal District of the AME Church that was destroyed as a result of the earthquake.
To date, we have donated a total of $4,050.00. Collecting $2,050.00 in 2010 and in January of 2011, we collected $2,000.00.
More information about the tournament will be at www.christianexplorersgolf.com.
Two agencies will partner together on the 6th Annual Fatherhood Summit. The Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative (MFI) and Social Development Commission (SDC) have agreed to join forces to coordinate the annual event for fathers.
The two agencies will collaborate to stage the 6th annual summit which will be held October 7th and 8th this fall at Destiny Youth Center at 76th and Good Hope Road. The two day event will feature workshops designed to help men become better fathers. The theme will be “Continuing to Empower: the Gifts of Give and Take.” The gathering will also offer a wide range of resources including employment, health, financial education, housing and education.
For more information on the 6th Annual Fatherhood Summit being coordinated by MFI and SDC, call MFI at 414-286-5653.
The Heritage Chorale of Milwaukee will present its Summer Concert Entitled, “From Mozart to Motown: A Twenty-eight Year Journey,” Saturday, August 20 at 6 p.m. in UW-Milwaukee’s musical building, Recital Hall, 3223 N. Downer Ave.
This concert will be the farewell appearance of the Chorale’s founder, artistic director and conductor, Ella J. Washington. The Chorale invites the community to help it acknowledge, embrace and celebrate the magnificent fruits of Washington’s labors for the past 28 years.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for youth ages 12-18 and free for children age 11 and younger. The Chorale is asking those who plan to attend to consider a tax-deductible contribution to Heritage in honor of this occasion.
Twenty-five percent of all donations will be given to the Choral Music Department of the Milwaukee High School of the Arts. The Chorale actively supports this organization through grant acquisitions, educational resources and services.
A benefit account for Sharon Staples has been set up at Waukesha State Bank. Monetary donations can be dropped off at any Waukesha State Bank, or can be mailed to:
The Staples Family Benefit
c/o Waukesha State Bank
Attn: Jodi Hanna
PO Box 648
Waukesha, WI 53187-0648
“The Life and Teachings of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey” will be presented this Saturday, August 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Milwaukee Public Library Main Branch, 814 West Wisconsin Avenue in Room one.
Sponsored by the group, Meeting of the Minds, the effort is to share on this 124th commemoration of Garvey’s birthday what they call “A New Spirit and Fresh Energy in the Rescue, Restoration and Cultivation of Our Rightful Place on the World Stage of Time and Achievement.”
“This Marcus Garvey event was designed to inspire a renewal of life and energy to awaken those who have strayed from our history,” says Demetrius Witherspoon, Meeting of the Minds convener.
He adds that Garvey urged “brothers and sisters to ‘rise up and accomplish what you will’ as we should again do the same today.”
Meeting of the Minds co-convener Gary Thurner says that this “Marcus Garvey celebration will be the first of many to be presented by our organization.
There are so many people in our history whose contributions have been overlooked. It is our vision to share their achievements.”
Guest presenters will include educator, writer and lecturer Taki S. Raton who will speak to “The History and Teachings of Garvey.” Community activist Brother Oshi will recount “The Spirit and Significance of the Marcus Garvey Celebration.”
Tejumola Ologboni is invited to share his renowned storytelling talents for this occasion as will Spoken Word Poet Elder God Bismi Allah.
“We are blessed with this opportunity to have representatives from our upcoming cultured visionaries to tap into the experience, vision and scholarship of seasoned practitioners in this arena,” says Raton. “This is truly how the baton is passed on to the next generation of African Centered leadership.”
Born in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica on August 17, 1887, Garvey arrived in 1914 organized the Universal Negro Improvement Association. In 1917, he arrived in Harlem and reorganized the UNIA and began publishing the “Negro World,” a journal that promoted his African nationalist ideals. He established the Black Star shipping line with the intent of sending Blacks back to Africa. Garvey’s organization was extremely popular and by 1919 UNIA had 30 branches and over 2 million members.
For any additional information on the Meeting of the Minds Garvey event, please call (855) 929-6373 or email [email protected]
Two brothers, both are fighting hard to remain the ‘average guy,’ but are in no way ‘average.’
In preparing for the bus trip to participate in the dedication services for the Washington, DC Martin Luther King Memorial I had the opportunity to briefly interview Harry Johnson, Sr. and more extensively, Van Johnson.
Just what is their relationship to this project? Harry is the man most singularly responsible for the initiation and fruition of the Memorial. Van is Harry’s brother and a long-time resident of Milwaukee.
Reared in St. Louis, Missouri, they spend their teen years on supplementing their incomes with various manual labor jobs. Their paths seem to move in opposite directions after high school. Harry goes off to Xavier University in Louisiana where he pledges Alpha phi Alpha Fraternity, meets and marries his wife and eventually establishes a successful law practice in Houston. Van goes further north into Chicago, Detroit and the like. He soon finds his footing in the entertainment industry where he spends the next 30-plus years as a promoter and tour director for named acts and theatrical plays.
Van and Harry have the opportunity to work together again, when Harry ran for political office in Houston. As Van explains, “The first two attempts were so-so, but the third time was the charm.” The third race was not an actual political race; Harry was elected 31st General President of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
It was during Harry’s tenure that this organization would successfully petition to have a monument of Dr. King erected on the National Mall. The end result was the passing of Public Law 104-333 (1996) under President Clinton and the establishment of The Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation; Harry to serve as its Manager. On August 28, the world will see the true success of these efforts.
Van’s career in entertainment management flourishes to the point that he is tapped as the individual most capable to revive The Riverside Theatre here in Milwaukee. In 1996, Van takes over as the General Manager of The Riverside; his wife supports him as Box Office Manager. The stability of an established city is easily measured by its appreciation for the arts.
Van’s leadership opens Milwaukee to his experience with a host of named performers such as the Commodores, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Smoky Robinson, the Dramatics, Dells and Temptations. Lenny Williams, Barry, Teddy and the like. For the next ten years, The Riverside Theatre will provide Milwaukee with first class entertainers who range from Broadway plays like Cats to international performers like River Dance; from musical performances that range from gospel to rhythm and blues.
During that same timeframe Van opens and manages Mr. V’s restaurant. Mr. V’s was in the Best Western Hotel at Third and Wisconsin Avenue. Van will continue to provide named comedy and R&B entertainment for Milwaukee at this location, as well.
In years prior to its current management, Van was responsible for securing talent for the African World Festival at the request of Bethena Webber and Joe Davis.
With the passing of the owner of The Riverside Theatre around 2004, Van began to transition toward his ‘much-disserved’ retirement. Presently, Van serves as the Marketing Director for Eisenberg Riley & Zimmerman SC. His work keeps his in our community through a variety of projects.
The Dedication of the Memorial in Washington, DC will be yet another time that the two brothers will indeed rejoice in one of their successes.
Evelyn Patricia Terry is a brilliant artist who has parlayed her talent into a lucrative career. Her works have been displayed locally, nationally and internationally. She has artwork in more than 400 private, public and corporate collections, in addition to the collections of the Haggerty Museum at Marquette University and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
After earning a master of science degree from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Terry went on to earn a master of fine arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). As a full time professional artist, writer, educator, and curator, Terry works diligently to help establish historically disenfranchised artists. Her artwork, transforming a variety of themes into various bodies of work over more than 35 years, has been collected internationally with a concentration of private patrons and corporations in the Midwest.
In 1998, Terry completed a commission for the Midwest Convention Center as part of the John and Murphy Burke permanent collection. Other awards during the past 10 years include the Milwaukee Individual Artist Fellowship and the Intermedia Arts/McKnight Interdisciplinary Fellowship.
In 1999, Terry ventured into the field of public art with an award from the Spirit of Milwaukee Neighborhood Millennium Art Initiative to transform an existing Milwaukee County bus shelter into a functional work of art. And, In 2000, she was awarded a commission to create 12 sculptures for Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport, which were installed near the elevators on each level in the new parking structure during the airport expansion project in 2002.
Today Terry maintains a studio at Milwaukee’s Lincoln Center for the Arts as she continues to break down barriers and build a prestigious career doing what she is most passionate about—capturing life in art form.
What started as a vision by former alderman Michael McGee Sr. to steer kids from the streets to the basketball courts lives on through one team from the Project Respect Warning basketball league.
The league, which began in 1976, has seen many playground legends move on to college or professional basketball. Players from the original 29th Street team have been volunteering their time at their own basketball camp every summer for 25 years. Their theme is, “What Goes Around Comes Around” and “Never Forget Where You Came From.”
Daryl Banks, who played in the early years of the league, was instrumental in getting the camp started so young boys and girls can learn basketball skills and get some life lessons on how to survive and get along.
If you want to know what keeps Banks motivated in being at the camp, ask him, he will tell you. When he sees smiles on the children’s faces that are having fun on the court without dealing with who knows what at home, he’s happy.
Banks is a diabetic and legally blind. He almost had his left leg cut off from an infection. Banks couldn’t walk for two years. He had multiple eye surgeries. Most of Banks’ hearing in his left ear is gone, but the father of five daughters soldiers on, with the help of Calvin Rayford, another 29th St. player. Together, they run the 29th Street Alumni Association.
“This keeps me going,” Banks said. “This is my life. I’ll be doing this until I can’t.”
The main focus of the two-day camp at North Division was for the kids to have fun, meet someone new and learn some basketball and life skills. It got them out of the house for a while.
“Most kids now, when you and I were growing up,” said Banks, “it was more like, go out and play. Now what kids want to do (is play) video games. They don’t want to go outside.”
Banks played for the Columbia St. team in the Warning League. Then he, Mark and Willie Wade began the 29th St. team in 1986. Their last year in the league was 1993.
Rayford met Banks when he was 14. Their efforts to keep the memories alive allowed them to re-connect with former stars who played for 29th St. and pass on the lessons to the present generation that someone passed down to them.
McDade, another 29th St. alumni. He didn’t need a megaphone because his voice echoed throughout the gym. The kids got some valuable experience being taught by one of the best players in UWM history.
“What I try to do with my kids is try to make basketball and life fun,” he said. “I’m trying to give the kids life lessons as opposed to basketball lessons. All of them are not going to play basketball, so you better prepare them for life.”
McDade, who grew up in Milwaukee, coaches a 5th grade AAU girls championship team in Texas. He pays his own way to Milwaukee and back. Since someone helped McDade along the way, it was only right for him to pass along some of that knowledge.
Mike Wilks, former Mr. Basketball in Wisconsin from King and Rice University, has made a career in the NBA, but he comes back to contribute whenever he can.
“Guys like D Banks, Mark Wade and even Calvin Rayford, Von (McDade), all those guys I grew up watching,” he said. “If it weren’t for those guys, I wouldn’t be able to do a lot of things that I’ve been able to do. I feel like it’s my responsibility to come back and give what’s been given to me.”
Local businesses donate money and supplies to fund scholarships and make sure that every kid who finishes the camp gets a book bag with a T-shirt, water bottle and school supplies. Two high school graduates receive $1,500 college scholarships every year.
Steven Summers, one of the two scholarship winners this year, will attend Morehouse College.
“I was real thankful when Mr. Banks called me and told me that I got it,” he said. He wants to study chemistry. “When I was in school and I took chemistry, (my teacher) knew how easy it came to me. She asked if I thought about a career in chemistry. That’s something I know I can do.”
Rayford said every camper will remember the “3D’s:” Dedication, Discipline and Desire.
“We always preach about meeting new people and have fun,” Rayford said. “We want the kids to meet people that they don’t know. Hopefully they can start building relationships and friendships, encouraging and not discouraging.”
There are plenty of male and female positive role models around the camp to keep the behaviors in check. According to Banks, only one kid was thrown out of the 25-year history of the camp because of his behavior.
The organization is also in its 25th year. For the last five years, Banks said, they have been a 501c non-profit group. Providing family services, life skills services and other community programs may be in the foreseeable future.
“If I would have made it to the NBA,” Rayford said, “I would have been here right now.”
Rayford played at Washington High School where he was a McDonald’s All-American and Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball in 1991. He played at the University of Kansas and professional ball in Mexico, Poland, Columbia and North Dakota. Rayford is a long-term substitute teacher for MPS.
The camp was held July 29-30. The scholarship all-star game was July 31 and featured the 29th St. Alumni against the Victor Berger team. The 29th St. won the ninth annual game, 48-46.