Carter received the award for his contributions to the health and welfare of Milwaukee’s Black community as both a pharmacist and as a community leader.
For 42 years, Carter has been serving the community as a pharmacist who advocated and developed many natural remedies for the treatment of problems that have not been addressed by traditional pharmacology.
Perhaps the best description of his work in this area comes from an anonymous 2009 review on the Milwaukee “Merchant Circle” website by someone calling himself “jdubb.” It reads:
“I give Dr. Carter five stars for his knowledge in the remedies that he has created and which have been very successful in all aspects. This of course means that his remedies are guaranteed to work.
“My family and I have been going to Dr. Carter for years. He believes in natural ingredients, no artificial anything.
“He has dedicated his life to all who come to his drug store with all kinds of ailments.
“Please check him out for yourself and see what he can do for you. Whatever it might be, from ringworm to keliod (scars) from shaving, to aches and pains, Dr. Carter has a cure. Check him out—you can’t go wrong.”
Born in Omaha, Neb., Cater moved to Milwaukee in 1967 after graduating from Creighton University in Omaha. He purchased the pharmacy that became known as Carter Drug Store, from a German pharmacist, in a neighborhood that was still predominately German on April 1, 1968.
Carter is as well loved as he is well known in the area that is now predominately African American.
This is true because of his dedication to pharmacy, which has been equally matched with his dedication to the community which he serves.
Congressowoman Gwen Moore was the event’s keynote speaker, and shared with the audience who came to honor Carter her own rememberances of this master pharmacist.
The James H. Baker award is given each year to an individual who has made a significant impact on the lives of community residents.
The award is presented by the Community Brainstorming Conference (CBC) and is named for Baker, one of the founders of the CBC and a respected community and political activist.