Interfaith Older Adult Programs RSVP held a volunteer appreciation luncheon at the Washington Park Senior Center. On hand to say “thank you” and serve the volunteers for their time and support were Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton. RSVP is a service organization for individuals 55 years of age and older. Volunteers work together to build capacity and further the mission of local schools and non-profit.
Parks with Dr. King in the background.
by Frederick H. Lowe, (The NorthStar News & Analysis)
U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D.-N.Y., announced on Monday during President Barack Obama’s and Vice President Joseph Biden’s Inaugural Luncheon that a statue of the civil-rights icon Rosa Parks will be added to the National Statuary Hall, where the luncheon took place at the U.S. Capitol, before the end of the year.
Parks will be the first African-American woman to have her likeness depicted in the hall, said Schumer, who also was in charge of organizing President Obama’s and Vice President Biden’s inauguration. Schumer is chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and in that position, he oversees the Capitol’s artwork.
Parks made history when police arrested her on Dec. 1,1955, for refusing to relinquish her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., bus.
E. D. Nixon, one of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, and Clifford Durr, a white attorney, bailed Parks out of jail.
|Jo Ann Gibson Robinson under arrest|
On Dec. 2, 1955, Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, an English teacher at Alabama State University and head of the Women’s Political Council, and others began organizing a boycott of the bus line, which was owned by a Chicago company, according to the book The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson.
With Parks’ permission, Robinson mimeographed 35,000 handbills that called for a boycott of the Montgomery bus system. Three days later, Robinson launched a one-day bus boycott.
After the success of the one-day boycott, black citizens decided to continue either walking or riding in carpools. They also established the Montgomery Improvement Association to focus on the boycott.
The Montgomery Improvement Association elected the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., president, thrusting him into the national spotlight, according to the book The Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow.
The boycott ended Dec. 21, 1956, after the bus company and Montgomery officials agreed to allow passengers to sit in any vacant seat.
The National Statuary Hall Collection displays statues donated by individual states to honor notable persons in history. On Dec. 1, 2005, Congress directed the Joint Committee on the Library to obtain a statute of Rosa Parks. She died on Oct. 24, 2005.
At one time, Statuary Hall served as the seat of the U.S. Congress.
Community event to honor African American donorship
BloodCenter of Wisconsin will host the Faith-Based and Healthcare Community Celebration luncheon on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at noon. It will be held at Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street. The Community Celebration will honor African American donorship, which allows an individual to give the highly personal and unique gifts of blood, marrow, organs and tissue.
BloodCenter will recognize the winners of the 2012 Faith-Based Community Challenge at the luncheon. The Challenge encouraged friendly competition among area African American churches to inspire members to become blood donors, or to join the marrow and organ/tissue registries. Each winning congregation was invited to select a church member to receive a $1,500 college scholarship from BloodCenter of Wisconsin. The winning congregations are: New Testament Church, St. Matthew CME Church and Living Waters Church of God in Christ.
WISN-TV’s Portia Young will emcee the event. Bishop Darrell Hines, founder and pastor of Christian Faith Fellowship Church, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Angela Gill, advocate for sickle cell anemia, and Richard Rogers, 2011 heart recipient and pastor of Living Waters Church of God in Christ.
Attendees of the Celebration will receive specially designed materials to share the message about the importance of donorship with congregations and health care organizations in the community. All participating churches will be recognized and appreciated at the Celebration for their support of BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s live-saving mission.
It is vital for African Americans to become donors of not just blood, but also marrow, organs and tissue, so that other African Americans have a better chance at recovery. The success rate of transfusions and transplants increase when these gifts come from members of the same ethnic background. “When African Americans donate, African Americans live” is the ongoing theme of the Faith-Based Community Challenge.
About BloodCenter of Wisconsin
BloodCenter of Wisconsin is a private, not-for-profit organization that specializes in blood collection, organ and tissue recovery, marrow donation and education, diagnostic testing, medical services and leading-edge research. BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the only provider of blood to hospitals in 29 Wisconsin counties including all community hospitals in Southeastern Wisconsin. BloodCenter of Wisconsin advances patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. For more information visit www.bcw.edu.
L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies literally swept through the Calabasas home of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Monday. (Photo: EURweb)
L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies literally swept through the Calabasas home of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Monday.
The exercise was to secure the massive property for a luncheon the Smiths are throwing for First Lady Michelle Obama, according to TMZ. The couple resides behind a huge gate with a long, winding road that leads to the main house. Sheriff’s deputies — along with Secret Service — were everywhere, looking for possible security breaches, the website reported.
Actress Salma Hayek is joining the Smiths to co-host the $2,500-a-head lunch, which is set for Thursday, Oct. 25.
The price jumps to $10,000 per couple if you’d like a photo with the first lady.
by Taki S. Raton
The Milwaukee Chapter of Tennessee State University National Alumni will host its 4th Annual Scholarship Luncheon Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel in Brown Deer, 8900 North Kildeer Court.
This gathering will celebrate the academic achievements of seven students attending the Tennessee State campus from the Milwaukee area. The goal is to raise funds for additional scholarships and to serve as a support resource for students currently attending or interested in attending TSU according to Milwaukee chapter president Gregory Williams.
The event will additionally observe this 2012 year noting the 100th Anniversary of Tennessee State University as a land grant Historically Black College (HBCU).
The scholarship recipients are freshman Justin Green, sophomore Diamanni Redmond, juniors Michaiah Hinds, Khamaria Breean Wright, and Javalon J. Jones, and seniors Rhia R. Nelson and LaQuita Grannage
Vincent P. Lyles, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee will be the guest speaker at this luncheon.
A product of Milwaukee Public Schools’ Madison High School, Lyles is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin Law School. As President & CEO of the Boys and Girls Club, he oversees a budget of more than $22 million and is responsible for 39 Boys & Girls Club locations, including Camp Whitcomb/Mason and the more than 35,000 members served annually.
Lyles has been on the forefront of revitalizing some of the poorest neighborhoods and areas most in need in Milwaukee and across the nation. He previously served as president of M&I Community Development Corporation (CDC) where he expanded M&I CDC’s investment portfolio from $53 million to approximately $130 million. Prior to joining M&I CDC, he was a director with Robert W. Baird & Co. and provided financial advice to Wisconsin municipalities, school districts and special taxing units. Lyles is married and has two children.
The Milwaukee chapter is one of the largest Tennessee State University (TSU) alumni chapters in the country with over 300 graduates. Over 500 students from the Milwaukee and greater Southeastern Wisconsin area are presently in attendance on the TSU campus.
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Tennessee State University was founded in 1912 as an African American normal school. It became a 4-year school in 1922 and received university status in 1958. The institution as it is known today was the result of a 1979 merger between Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Nashville. The campus awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Tennessee State describes its mission in part as one of “providing quality academic programs which are broadly comprehensive at the baccalaureate and masters levels.” The University’s most popular majors include Business Administration, Nursing, Statistics, and Biology. Cooperate partnerships provide experience and contacts beneficial to students upon graduation when students are seeking employment.
The total enrollment of 8,254 students are able to major in a number of different schools and colleges such as the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, Technology & Computer Science, the College of Health Sciences, the School of Agriculture & Consumer Science, and the School of Nursing. There is additionally a School of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Institute of Government.
Distinguished TSU alumni include talk show host Ophrah Winfrey, Myra Edwards and Kimberly Montgomery, both of the Mayor’s Office, City of Milwaukee, historian and UWM professor Dr. Harold Rose, actor Moses Gunn, NBA player Anthony Mason, Hall of Famers Richard Dent and Ed “Too Tall” Jones, journalist Carl Rowan, Senator Harold Ford, gospel producer Bobby Jones, singer Yolanda Adams and Ron Brown, former Secretary of the Department of Commerce.
Tickets for this Scholarship Luncheon are $35 per person and can be purchased in advance by calling (414) 353-2769 or 372-7982.
The African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) recently held its first Women in Business luncheon series: Hands Touching Hands,” which is dedicated to supporting and advancing women entrepreneurs. The luncheon was held at the Women’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave. The guest speaker of the luncheon was Renee Amoore (pictured at far left standing with AACC President and CEO Eve Hall, who is standing to Amoore’s right), the founder and president of The Amoore Group, a conglomerate consisting of four thriving entities, Amoore has earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and hard-working entrepreneur, healthcare advocate and political advisor. The event was co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Johnson Controls, Inc. The AACC’s mission is to develop programs to strengthen and grow businesses owned by African Americans. (Photos by Yvonne Kemp)
On Wednesday, September 5 the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP hosted a luncheon at the Omni Charlotte Hotel during the Democratic National Convention, at which the Honorable Arne Duncan addressed more than 250 delegates, legislators and business leaders on the “The United States Education System and its Impact on Global Competitiveness.”
“It was a great honor to hear the perspectives of an authority on education like Mr. Duncan,” said Quarles & Brady Chairman John W. Daniels, Jr. “Ensuring a future of real opportunities for our youth is a central feature of Quarles’ community service mission, so his remarks were extremely interesting and helpful.”
“Arne Duncan’s contributions to the success of the Obama administration cannot be underestimated,” added Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, who has recently joined the Labor & Employment Practice Group at Quarles & Brady. “His vision for the future of America’s educational system, embodied in his ‘Race to the Top’ competition, is a powerful and positive example of the president’s progressive agenda.”
“Wisconsin deserves a Senator who believes we need more compromise in Washington, not less.”
Speaking at the Milwaukee Rotary luncheon today, Tammy Baldwin said Wisconsin voters face a clear choice over the next 50 days before the November 6th election.
“Wisconsin deserves a Senator who believes we need more compromise in Washington, not less,” Baldwin said, “We have to make tough choices, but my opponent’s insistence on ‘no compromise’ politics and tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires will actually make the federal debt worse and jeopardize the future of our country by increasing the burden on the middle class and driving our economy off a cliff.”
Baldwin has a strong record of supporting tax cuts for small business and middle class families in Wisconsin. She is also the lead sponsor of the Buffett Rule that requires millionaires to pay at least the same tax rate as the middle class. In addition, Baldwin supports eliminating tax breaks for companies that outsource and would instead give companies a tax cut for creating jobs in America.
Highlighting her record of working across party lines, Baldwin spoke about her work to introduce and pass bipartisan legislation to take on China’s unfair trade practices and strengthen Wisconsin’s manufacturing economy by evening the playing field for workers in our state. Together, with Fox Valley Congressman Reid Ribble, she introduced the CHEATS Act, which would allow the U.S. to impose countervailing duties on Chinese imports that are heavily subsidized by the Chinese government.
“Give our workers and businesses a fair shot, and we’ll compete against anyone. That’s why I’m taking on China’s cheating – and betting on Wisconsin,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin spoke to Rotarians about how both parties could work together to reduce spending and cut the deficit.
“It’s time to put politics aside and get serious about confronting the federal deficit,” Baldwin said, “That means, first, we need to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. Next, I would get rid of the giveaways to drug companies that forces high prescription drug costs under Medicare. Finally, support making millionaires pay their fair share of taxes, ending tax loopholes for corporations that ship our jobs overseas, and ending corporate welfare for oil companies.”
Hands Touching Hands. The series is dedicated to supporting and advancing women entrepreneurs.
The first luncheon–which is being sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Johnson Controls Inc.–will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Women’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave.
The guest speaker will be Renee’ Amoore, founder and president of The Amoore Group, a Philadelphia based conglomerate consisting of four thriving entities that has garnered a high profile both nationally and internationally.
Amoore has earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and hard-working entrepreneur, healthcare advocate, and political advisor.
Seating for the AACC luncheon is limited so RSVP today. For more information and to register, call the AACC at 462-9450.