Hattie Coleman was a trailblazer who had the audacity to open a beauty salon and, eventually a restaurant (Hattie’s Soul Food Express), as the first Black tenant in what was once known as Capitol Court Shopping Center.
Most long-time Milwaukeeans recall Hattie’s Beauty Shop, Hattie’s Beauty and Barber Supply, which operated for years in adjacent locations on N. Port Washington Rd. and Green Bay Avenue for years. Coleman was known for starting a number of businesses, often working at more than one of them at the same time.
Born Hattie Lou Ridley in Tennessee, Coleman enrolled at the Dyersburg Community College, where she first majored in mortuary science.
While working in a funeral home, styling hair before funeral viewings, she decided to switch her career to cosmetology. She later moved to Milwaukee, received her state cosmetology license and married Alfred Coleman.
Coleman felt that her life was blessed, and so she set about finding ways to bless others. She volunteered with the O.C. White Soul Club, a community center, and was very involved in protest marches following the 1981 death of Ernest Lacy, who died in police custody.
She also mentored women prisoners at the Milwaukee County Jail and hosted a soul food picnic for disadvantaged youngsters at Garfield Park in the late 1960s and early ’70s.
On November 4, 2010, Hattie Coleman died of a heart attack at the age of 78,
but those who knew her will never forget her legacy of love and commitment to this
community and her entrepreneurial spirit.
Ulice Payne was a member of Marquette University’s 1977 NCAA championship basketball team, and 34 years later he’s still proving himself to be a winner.
Currently a Managing Member of Addison-Clifton, LLC, where he serves as an advisor regarding global trade compliance solutions, Payne is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations. Previously he served as the Managing Partner of the headquarter office of the Foley & Lardner LLP law firm and also served as Chair of the International Business Team at the firm where he represented global and domestic companies in cross-border transactions.
Payne received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Marquette University in 1978 and his Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University Law School in 1982. He studied in the Masters of Law program at the University of London, England from 1986-1988 and he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Marian College of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 2004.
Payne is among the few Blacks in Milwaukee that have been recruited to serve on a number of corporate boards including Manpower Inc. (NYSE), Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Wisconsin Energy Corporation (NYSE). He also serves on and is Chair of the National Board of Directors of the YMCA of the USA.
He is a member and past-Chair of the U.S. Department of Commerce–Wisconsin District Export Council. Mr. Payne is Co-Chair of the China Business Council of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. He is past-Chair of the Customs Law Committee of the Section of International Law and Practice of the American Bar Association. Mr. Payne is a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association and past-Chair of the International Section. He also served as Wisconsin Commissioner of Securities from 1985-1987.
Over the years Payne has proved that he is a force to be reckoned with—on and off the playing field.
Everyone who knows Michael Morgan describes him as a nice guy; a real gentlemen. And, that he is, but he’s also a hard worker, a lawyer and a leader who knows how to get things done.
Most recently named as Senior Vice President for Administration and Fiscal Affairs, Morgan has more than 20 years of public sector experience. He previously served as Secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Administration, after four years of leading Wisconsin’s Department of Revenue.
He also worked for the City of Milwaukee for more than 10 years as Commissioner in the Department of City Development, Executive Director of the Fire and Police Commission, and Director of the Division of Intergovernmental Relations. He also worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee County.
Morgan earned his baccalaureate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin. His wife, Diana, and their two daughters are also UW-Madison alumni. He is a trustee of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Milwaukee, and a member of the Westside Healthcare Association board of directors.
Morgan is a tireless worker in the Milwaukee community who has held some of the highest posts at the local, county and state levels.
He continues to lead with a legacy of quiet perseverance and determination to enhance the quality of life in Milwaukee and he’s not afraid to help others along the way.