Nicole Anderson, a mother of a premature baby, shares her story of experiencing the premature birth of her son, during an event held Saturday, November 17 at St. Mark AME in honor of World Prematurity Day. The Lovell Johnson Quality of Life Center, which is affiliated with St. Mark AME Church, partnered with the March of Dimes, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Black Child Development Institute and other community partners to inform and educate the community about preterm births. Photo taken by Michael Campbell.
Dean Magda Peck of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Zilber School of Public Health explained that many preterm infants are tiny enough to fit in one hand. Dean Peck recently spoke about this important issue during an event held Saturday, November 17 at St. Mark AME in honor of World Prematurity Day. The Lovell Johnson Quality of Life Center, which is affiliated with St. Mark AME Church, partnered with the March of Dimes, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Black Child Development Institute and other community partners to inform and educate the community about preterm births. Photo taken by Michael Campbell.
Nicole Anderson and Maricha Harris, mothers who delivered preterm infants, participated in a panel discussion in honor of World Prematurity Day at The Lovell Johnson Quality of Life Center, which is affiliated with St. Mark AME Church. The Lovell Johnson Quality of Life Center, which is affiliated with St. Mark AME Church, partnered with the March of Dimes, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Black Child Development Institute and other community partners to inform and educate the community about preterm births. Photo taken by Michael Campbell.
The Black Public Relations Society (BPRS) Milwaukee recently held a panel discussion on how small businesses, churches, schools and non-profit community based organizations can properly and effectively sell their events and stories to the media and communities they serve. The discussion was held at Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd. The
discussion is the signature event of the BPRS titled, “How To Get Your Story Told.” The BPRS
Milwaukee Board and panelists: Front row seated, left to right–Kenya Evans
(who also owns Kenya Write Now Freelance), Clarene Mitchell (BPRS secretary and a freelance journalist and PR consultant), Faithe Colas (BPRS president and community relations director for the Salvation Army), Tammy Belton-Davis (BPRS vice president and principal owner of Athena Communications, LLC), Kristen Harris (BPRS board member at large, credit learning and development at Kohl’s corporate offices. Standing left to right: Eric Von (BPRS vice president of membership and 1290 WMCS and managing partner of Von Communications), Thomas Mitchell, Jr., Editor of the Community Journal, Jill Gilmer (BPRS board member at large and associate faculty of marketing, University of Phoenix), Portia Young, co-anchor of WISN 12 News This Morning; Schinika Fitch (BPRS parliamentarian and corporate communications specialist for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin), Kevin White (BPRS student ambassador and public relations consultant, KW Productions), James Causey, Editorial writer and blogger for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Please join the amazing folks who live and serve in Lindsay Heights for dinner and a lively discussion to learn what progress has been accomplished in the past six months and what is on the horizon! We are all working hard to advance our work in stewardship and community engagement.
Share a meal and learn of the work happening in our community for the common good.
- There will be a “Learning Community” presentation focused on community engagement.
- Attendees will be invited to select one other strategy to discuss, during our “Table Talk” small group discussion.
A raffle will be offered for residents who attend the event. Two $20 gift certificates will be raffled at the end of the evening.
Agencies are encouraged to invite families to attend and learn about community resources.
Please call Kimberly with your questions at 414.264.2326 or e-mail: [email protected]
Dinner served at 5pm.
Hope to see you there!
MCJ Editor Thomas Mitchell, Jr. (at right next to 1290 WMCS AM “Morning Magazine” host Eric Von) was one of four panelists who participated in a discussion on how small businesses, churches, schools and community-based organizations can effectively sell their events and stories to the media. The discussion, the signature event of Black Public Relations Society (BPRS) Milwaukee, was held at Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd. The other panelists were: WISN Channel 12 Anchor Portia Young, who was also the moderator for the discussion, Kenya Evans, a freelance journalist; James Causey, editorial writer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and Von. (Photos by Yvonne Kemp)
The monthly Community Brainstorming Conference forum will present the timely topic “Our Schools – Public, Choice or Charter: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” on Saturday, September 22 at St. Matthew C.M.E. Church, 2944 North 9th Street. Doors will open for breakfast at 8 a.m. with the scheduled panel discussion from 9 to 11 a.m.
Moderated by the Hon. Russell W. Stamper, Sr., Brainstorming has invited what is noted in a promotional descriptor as a cadre of “highly qualified experts” to address this theme.
Panelist include Milwaukee Public School Board President and UW-M Associate Professor Michael Bonds, Milwaukee Community Journal Associate Publisher and President of Malik Productions Public Relations Company Michael Holt, Springfield College Adjunct Professor, writer, and African Centered Instructional Model school consultant Taki S. Raton, and Leon Todd, retired Milwaukee School Board director, activist, mentor, corporate media watchdog, and business consultant.
Various methodologies of educating African American children will be closely examined, compared and critiqued towards the objective, citing informational accounts, of “rescuing our young people from miseducation and the so-called education gap.”
“Those selected as panelist for our September forum are probably among Milwaukee’s most informed participants on this subject given over the years their consistent qualitative media visibility and highly regarded published accounts on the education of our children,” says Stamper.
He adds that a range of methodologies impacting the positive and progressive education and development of African American children will be closely examined, compared and critiqued by this September panel.
“Instructional design and approaches, be it system or private sponsorship, will be addressed and predictably challenged by these intensely committed proponents,” he adds.
Stamper recalls that the August 2012 elections “in more than one instance” asked the critical question that in his mind greatly affected the election outcome: “What is the best educational approach for the metropolitan Milwaukee child?”
“It is our vision that this month’s panel,” the moderator asserts, “will come to terms with a constructive response to this most challenged social inquiry.”
Presently headed by Chairwoman Dr. Pamela Malone, Brainstorming began twenty-six years ago on February 8, 1986 in the conference center of Saint Matthews Church.
This invitational meeting was convened at 9 a.m. By Samuel Johnson and Reuben Harpole for the purpose of “brainstorming” on a multitude of problems, issues, and concerns regarding Milwaukee’s African American community.
The twelve invitees to this inaugural meeting list O.J. Johnson, Judge Stanley Miller, Marvin Hannah, Loren Willis, Judge Louis Butler, Mildred Harpole, Anthony Fikes, Winston Van Horne, Monroe Swan, Stanley Miller, Judge Russell Stamper, Sr. and Malone. The group elected O.J. Johnson to facilitate the meeting.
He would additionally later be named head of the Executive Committee of the Community Brainstorming Conference (CBC) and succeeded in this position by successive chairpersons leading to the current chair.
It would be at this initial discussion that the “Fourth Saturday Breakfast Forum” sponsored by the CBC was born. The schedule as of August 2012 proudly records 318 consecutive breakfast forums since its 1986 inauguration numbering over 50,000 participants.
Standing upon a tradition of program integrity, the CBC, according to their website, “has been able to realize one of its fundamental purposes, namely a continuous drawing together of the visible and voiced and the invisible and voiceless in the community for the sake of advancing the interest and good of African Americans in particular and the city in general.”
CBC also takes pride in its annual James Howard Baker Award. Prior to his untimely death in 1990, Baker was known in the community for his unending research and constant advocacy for the inclusion of people of African descent in every aspect of political and economic life in Milwaukee. He was known as a “one man urban research center” and as a solid intellectual with a sensitive touch that resonated throughout every segment of the Black community.
Noting his commitment and dedication to uplifting African Americans in Milwaukee with emphasis on the youth, MacArthur Weddle, long time president and CEO of the Northcott Neighborhood House, was chosen by the executive board of the CBC to be this past 2011 recipient of the Baker award.
Admission to the September 22 Brainstorming panel is free and open to the public. Parking is available on 8th Street off Chambers. Those interested in any additional information on CBC are welcomed to visit their website at: www.communitybrainstorming.org.