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Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee’s Mural Arts Program will unveil their Building Bridges art project at a community block party event on Thursday, August 16. The art project features a life-size depiction of Ruby Bridges as she became one of the first African-American children to attend an all-white school in 1960.
The Ruby Bridges instillation will feature life-size silhouettes of the important figures involved in Ruby’s first dayof school. Each silhouette will be equipped with a unique design on the front, and piece of poetry or short essay from a youth artist on the back expressing why this moment in history is significant to them. As the new school year approaches, this art instillation will allow community members to take a walk through time and gain anunderstanding of Ruby’s journey, while also reflecting on how the significance of that moment is still being felt today. The instillation’s first stop will be outdoors in a vacant lot next to Jazale’s Art Studio. The project will also visit America’s Black Holocaust Museum and various Boys & Girls Club locations.
The Building Bridges project began nearly six months ago and was selected by the youth because of Ruby’s historical importance and reflection of Milwaukee’s diverse culture. The youth artists set out to research RubyBridges while also visiting the likes of Milwaukee, Chicago and New York City to view pieces of public art for inspiration.
The final project will be unveiled after a brief program featuring remarks from Mural Arts Program Instructor Vedale Hill, Sheri Williams Pannell, Producing Artistic Director, Bronzeville Arts Ensemble and Assistant Professor, UWM Peck School of the Arts, and Darren Hill, Co-Owner of Jazale’s Art Studio. Nearly 100 additional Club members are expected to attend the block party to learn about Ruby Bridges and the importance of education, leadership and the arts. The afternoon of fun will also see appearances from special guests includingMilwaukee Bucks’ mascot Bango and the Hoop Troop.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
12:00 p.m. – Block Party begins, community members and youth arrive
12:30 p.m. – Program begins
12:45 p.m. – Art project unveiled
1:00 p.m. – Block party continues with appearances from Milwaukee Bucks’
Mascot Bango, the Hoop Troop and more
Jazale’s Art Studio – 1950 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Block party to occur on W. Brown St. between MLK Dr. and 2nd St.
Boys & Girls Clubs’ members
Vedale Hill, Mural Arts Instructor
Youth Artists unveiling Building Bridges art project
Club members, staff, community members and local artists participating in block party
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM), one of the largest and longest youth-serving agencies in Milwaukee, offers structured after-school and summer programming to more than 41,000 children and teens each year. Within the safety of 48 locations, youth have access to free meals, academic support, role models and opportunities to build character and explore new interests. More than 80 percent of the organization’s annual budget goes toward youth programming. Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized charity evaluator, has given BGCGM its highest rating. For more information, please visit www.BoysGirlsClubs.org.
MILWAUKEE, WIS. – The 38th annual Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon (MLM), held annually on the first Sunday in October, will take place Sun., Oct. 7, 2018, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Grafton High School, 1950 Washington St.
Produced by the Badgerland Striders, Wisconsin’s largest and oldest running club that is a 100% volunteer run organization, the MLM is run on a flat and scenic point-to-point course that is USATF certified. The course travels south through rural countryside, quiet neighborhoods and finishes along the shores of Lake Michigan just north of the Milwaukee Art Museum at Veterans Park. New in 2018 will be live music at various points along the course.
A Boston Marathon qualifying course, the MLM serves as the Road Runners Club of America’s State Championship and the Wisconsin USATF Championship.
Overall male and female winners will have their name engraved on a special Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon “Champions Cup” trophy, receiving smaller replicas acknowledging their victories. In addition, awards will be given to the top three finishers in the following divisions:18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+. All marathon finishers within the 6.5-hour time limit will receive a medal at the finish line.
The MLM is offering a $5,000 bonus to the first male and/or first female that completes the course in a time that meets or beats the standards needed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in 2020, adhering to all USATF rules and regulations. The current published standards are 2:19 for males and 2:45 for females.
Race weekend kicks off on Sat., Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Ballroom, 200 E. Kenwood Blvd. in Milwaukee, with the MLM Expo, which is free and open to the public. Participants will pick up their bib/shirt and have an opportunity to meet local and national vendors offering merchandise such as shoes, apparel, and nutrition, plus there will be a variety of speakers making presentations.
In addition to the marathon, there is a 5k race for people of all abilities. The route starts in Veterans Park, goes around Lakeshore State Park, and returns to Veterans Park, where participants will take a loop around the lagoon and listen to the cheering crowds as they finish through the same chute as the MLM runners. All racers receive a shirt, refreshments, and finisher medals. The fee is $25, and registration is available at http://www.milwaukeelakefrontm
After the race, there will be live entertainment by local and regional performers, including the Love Monkeys, plus food and beverages.
Registration is available at http://www.milwaukeelakefrontm
The Tangipahoa Parish desegregation lawsuit, filed over 51 years ago in the federal courts in New Orleans, has still not been resolved.
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — In 1911, the first Black training school in the nation was open to black students. The Vocational and Industrial education offered the students specialized training. The school provided teacher training so that the graduated could staff the black schools in rural towns throughout the South. The training school was the beginning of secondary public education for black in South.
Professor Armstead Mitchell Strange was born in 1884 in Waterproof, Louisiana. He earned his college degree from Alcorn College, where he finished in 1902. Strange came to Tangipahoa Parish via Collins, MS. He came to Kentwood, LA in 1910. Strange joined several local white businesses, and donated money to establish Kentwood Industrial School for blacks. He raised the money, purchased land, and erected the building, one of which was named for him.
The scholastic year 1911-12, marked the beginning of the Training School Movement as far the Slater Fund is concerned. Professor A.M. Strange wrote to Dr. James H. Dillard, general agent for the John F. Slater Fund (a philanthropic fund for the advancement of Negro education), soliciting aid for a black school that would be located in Kentwood, Louisiana. Professor Strange established Kentwood first Training School for African Americans.
In 1917, Professor Oliver Wendell Dillon came to Kentwood to take charge of the one-room, one-teacher, two months a year school. That year Mr. Dillon received $1,000 from the Brooks Scanlon Lumber Co. and the Natalbany Lumber Co. in order to hire three other teachers and extend the school term to a full nine months for 200 students. In 1919 the school board appropriated $1,000 to construct a two-story, five-classroom building at the school. Another $1,200 was spent to purchase 85 acres adjoining the school.
Professor Dillon appealed to the local board to buy a machine, and to make cement blocks. After securing the machine he implored black people in the area to supply labor. They made 40,000 cement blocks, one at a time and erected a building for educating area children.
According to the genealogy research of Leonard Smith III and local historian Antoinette Harrell, Professor Strange was one of seventeen children born to Tillman and Millie Hunter Strange. His brother Tillman moved to Chicago and became a physician. Professor Strange started other schools and colleges in the South. He helped many young black students get their education.
Harrell’s research revealed that the greatest gospel singer Mahalia Jackson performed at the school in the 60’s. Many of the students who attended the school were the children of sharecroppers and farmers who wanted their children to get an education. Having the school auction would create a massive void in the community.
Deon attended every meeting to address this situation with the Tangipahoa Parish School Board and hasn’t had much success. “How could they auction off our legacy?” he asked. “Our ancestor worked with the sweat, tears, and blood to build this school,” said Deon.
Basketball star LeBron James opened the free “I Promise” school in Akon, Ohio. The school offers free uniforms, transportations, access to a food pantry for their family. Professor Strange and Professor Dillon did the same thing in Kentwood. They solicited the support of the community who gave their resources and labor to build the oldest Training School for blacks in the Nation.
“Today the school is up for auction and has caused a great deal of pain and heartaches for the African American community,” said Deon Johnson, Execute Director of O.W. Dillon Preservation Organization. “They’re auctioning off our legacy and history,” said Deon.
“A lot of sweat and hard work built this school,” he said. “Professor Oliver Wendell Dillon and men of the community made the very bricks and mortar to build the school. Please help us to keep this historic school and preserve our legacy.”
For more details about the organization, visit www.owdillonpreservation.org
Article courtesy of USA TODAY via “The Rundown”
Economists say there are no winners in a trade war, and American farmers, appliance companies and automakers are proof that tariffs can inflict financial harm.
But if you’re using the stock market as a measure of who’s winning the trade dispute, the U.S. has a clear lead over China and its other trading partners.
While stock prices are just one way of gauging who’s feeling more of the ill effects of tariffs, there’s no disputing that shares of U.S. companies are performing better than China-based stocks and other foreign markets, says Alec Young, the New York-based managing director of global markets research for FTSE Russell.
“There’s a lot of ways to judge this, and I expect a lot of twists and turns, but if we just look through the lens of the market, we’ve seen a much stronger U.S. stock performance,” Young says.
The Standard & Poor’s 500, a stock index filled with America’s biggest companies that get more than 43 percent of their revenues from overseas sales, is up 6.1 percent this year. China’s Shanghai composite is down nearly 13 percent over the same period. The major stock index in Japan is down a little less than 1 percent and European shares are up just 0.3 percent.
Rap icon and Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA will perform a live re-scoring of the 1978 kung fu classic “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” at the Oriental Theatre on Aug. 25 — the production’s only Midwest stop.
The event is presented by Milwaukee Film, which runs the theatre, in collaboration with Hip-Hop Week MKE, according to Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, primary sponsor of legislation to create the week-long celebration of hip-hop and its contributions.
Ald. Rainey says the performance is an ideal representation of the week’s mission.
“Hip-Hop Week MKE is about celebrating artistic creation that transcends ethnicity, class, nation, or even time – all under the umbrella of hip-hop. To have RZA, a world renowned artist, performing to a Hong Kong movie that inspired his creativity when he was growing up in Staten Island is a perfect illustration of the international phenomena that is hip-hop.”
RZA is not the only member of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan who will perform as part of Hip-Hop Week MKE. Ghostface is scheduled to perform Friday, August 24 at the Rave.
Hip-Hop Week MKE (August 20-26) is slated to include a wide mix of musical, artistic, educational, historical and other events, displays and activities to take place across Milwaukee. The week-long event will also focus on financial literacy, civic engagement, voter registration and healthy living.
eatOkra is the first smartphone application to focus solely on black-owned restaurants and food establishments in the United States. Users can access a growing list of black, Caribbean, and African-inspired restaurants in a simple to use way that includes directions, rating options, and the ability to add a business via the mobile app or website.
A few facts:
· eatOkra was developed by a military veteran
· eatOkra not only supports consumers it also supports black-owned businesses
· eatOkra contains over 800 restaurants and food businesses including coffee houses, pop-ups, and food trucks
· eatOkra is available for Android and iOS
· eatOkra has had over 800 downloads and experienced an increase after viral video of racial profiling in Starbucks and Waffle House
eatOkra is what The Green Book Guide was to black travelers during the 40s, 50s and 60s. The mobile app enables black travelers to identify and locate and support black food and hospitality businesses that are safe and friendly.
DINING APP EATOKRA IS THE NEW GREEN BOOK GUIDE FOR BLACK RESTAURANT HUNTERS
Founders created app as a response to racial profiling in public spaces as well as to boost economic development in black communities
JULY 2018 – BROOKLYN – Mobile app eatOkra is the first smartphone application to curate over 800 black-owned restaurants and food establishments throughout the United States. Developed by military veteran, Anthony Edwards, Jr., _eatOkra_ is the result of wanting to locate restaurants in his Brooklyn neighborhood and becoming astonished by the variety of black-owned food establishments he discovered.
“I was curious and started researching restaurants all over New York City and the boroughs, which led me to research other major cities as well,” said Edwards. Realizing that there was no one place online that listed them by city or state, the web developer built an application for both iOS and Android users. The initial group of businesses was manually entered by Edwards, his business partners Janique Bradley and Justin Johnson. Ultimately, friends, black chefs and restaurant owners added to the listing that also includes restaurants featuring cuisines from Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.
The first version of eatOkra was soft-launched in 2016 with Edwards’ continuous effort to enhance user-experience. To date, there have been almost 1,000 downloads by users seeking restaurants, coffee houses, and food-related events such as pop-ups and food trucks in 15 major cities and the District of Columbia. Users can add businesses from the app or website.
The organic growth of the app’s users has enabled the team to analyze and track downloads based on current events. Edwards found a direct correlation between a recent increase and racially-charged events at a Philadelphia Starbucks and an Alabama Waffle House.
“Gathering and food define our sense of community, and _eatOkra_ permits users to locate and support those communities. Our app is a necessity in locating those safe places to meet and eat without fear of profiling and harassment.”
EatOkra is a bootstrapped venture but Edwards and his partners have a business model that includes an advanced web-based application and paid options as well as strategic partnerships.
“We want to offer more consumer-specific services, especially those services that assist in locating food places and events in their travels or at home while also serving those food businesses,” said Edwards.
EatOkra is your simple guide to finding black-owned restaurants.
AMERICA WAS IN THE BUSINESS OF SEPARATING FAMILIES LONG BEFORE TRUMP
BY JEFFERY ROBINSON , ACLU DEPUTY LEGAL DIRECTOR AND DIRECTOR OF THE TRONE CENTER FOR JUSTICE AND EQUALITY
Children are crying for their parents while being held in small cages. The attorney general tells us the Bible justifies what we see and the White House press secretary backs him up. Be horrified and angered, but not because this is a new Trump transgression against real American values. America was in the business of separating families long before Trump.
I am not talking about spurious claims that Obama did the same thing or the valid comparisons to how our criminal justice system uses a cash bail system that every day rips children from their families before they or their parents have been convicted of any crime. The true story is that the United States has a well-documented history of breaking up non-white families.
When we sent Japanese Americans to internment camps, families were often separated when fathers were sent hasty relocation orders and forced labor contracts. In some cases, family members (usually the father) had been arrested earlier and sent to a different camp.
Forty years later, the U.S. government apologized, provided reparations of $20,000 to every survivor of those internment camps, and blamed the “grave wrong” on “racial prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”
The separating of Native American families was more intentional: America deliberately tried to wipe native culture from our country. According to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, beginning in the late 1800s, thousands of American Indian children were forcibly sent to government-run or church-run “boarding schools,” where they were taught English and forbidden to speak their native languages.
The boarding schools forced children to cut their hair and give up their traditional clothing. Their meaningful native names were replaced with English ones. Their traditional religious practices were forcibly replaced with Christianity. They were taught that their cultures were inferior. Teachers sometimes ridiculed the students’ traditions. These lessons humiliated the students and taught them to be ashamed of their heritage.
And then, of course, America enslaved Blacks for 246 years. Separating enslaved families was done for profit, for punishment, or simply because a seller or buyer wanted it that way in the 18th and 19th centuries.
“Destroying families is one of the worst things done during slavery,” said Henry Fernandez, co-founder of the African American Research Collaborative and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. “The federal government maintained these evils through the fugitive slave laws and other rules which defined African Americans as property with which a slave owner could do whatever they wanted.”
Each of these policies, Fernandez said, begins with the assumption “that the idea of family is simply less important to people of color and that the people involved are less than human. To justify ripping families apart, the government must first engage in dehumanizing the targeted group.”
“The Weeping Time” exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture documents the U.S. history of separating children from parents. “Night and day, you could hear men and women screaming … ma, pa, sister or brother … taken without any warning,” Susan Hamilton, a witness to a slave auction, recalled in a 1938 interview. “People was always dying from a broken heart.”
Our history of separating families is no older than our use of the Bible to justify transgressions against humanity. When Texas withdrew from the union it declared that enslaving people was justified by “the revealed will of the Almighty Creator.” William T. Thompson, the designer of the Confederate Flag said, “As a people, we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race.” Jeff Sessions is simply the most recent person to try to justify an indefensible policy by referring to the Bible.
On June 14, Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited biblical scripture Romans 13 to claim support for the Trump administration’s forced separation of immigrant families. “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,” he said.
As it happens, this is the same passage cited by loyalist preachers who said America should not declare independence from England; it was cited by southerners defending slavery; and, it was cited to defend authoritarian rule in Nazi Germany and South African apartheid.
Milwaukee, WI: In bringing back Stitching Histories From the Holocaust, the Museum’s most popularand best-selling exhibit to date, JMM is using historical events, policies and sentiment to address parallels in contemporary immigration and nationalistic narratives. Amid rising emotions, tensions and uncertainty, two upcoming programs will address the current climate in the US and Eastern Europe, how the past effects the present, and what consequences the future may hold.
Nationalism Then and Now: A Discussion with Former Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro
Wednesday, July 11 ∙ 7 pm
Ambassador Andrew Schapiro will explore his mother’s story of immigration from Czechoslovakia tothe United States in 1939. She was left as a small child in Prague and was later reunited with her parents in the United States, although most of her family did not get out.
Seven decades later, Schapiro was appointed by President Obama to serve in the country of hismother’s birth as the representative of the country that saved her life. In his role as U.S. ambassador, Schapiro witnessed the return of populism and nationalism in Europe, and will address these contemporary challenges.
Program admission is $8 for non-members and $5 for members
Contemporary Issues in Latino Immigration
Wednesday, July 25 ∙ 7 pm
Darryl D. Morin, the immediate past National League of United Latin American Citizen’s (LULAC) Mid- West Vice President and current State Secretary, will address contemporary immigration issues, legislation and policy affecting the Latino community, and the local and global implications.
Darryl Morin has been working on the issue of immigration reform nationally for over 15 years. He will share his experiences and insights on why our nation has failed to fix our broken immigration system and the serious consequences it is having on our Hispanic community and our nation.
Program admission is $7 for non-members and $5 for members.
For a full list of programs visit: http://jewishmuseummilwaukee.org/events
Both programs offered in connection with, Stitching Histories From the Holocaust, on view April 8–September 16, 2018. This highly acclaimed exhibit has been traveling to venues across the country since it originated at Jewish Museum Milwaukee in 2014, and with the addition of two new local stories of families attempting to flee the Holocaust, it expands the discussion around immigration and cross-continental communication.
At its core, Stitching Histories tells the story of Hedwig (Hedy) Strnad and her husband Paul through the letters to their Milwaukee cousin and the dress designs they sent in hopes of getting visas to get out of Nazi-occupied Prague. Central to the exhibit are eight ensembles, sketched by Hedy Strnad, but never stitched together—until The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Costume Shop meticulously created the eight dresses and accessories from the original renderings using period styles, materials and techniques. The story represents one of the millions of lives extinguished by the Holocaust and the immeasurable loss of talent and creativity.
Jewish Museum Milwaukee is located at 1360 North Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee, WI. Museum hours are Monday-Thurs 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-3pm, and Sunday 12pm-4pm. To plan your visit and view special events visit www.jewishmuseummilwaukee.org or call (414) 390-5730.
About Jewish Museum Milwaukee: Jewish Museum Milwaukee is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the Jewish people in southeastern Wisconsin and celebrating the continuum of Jewish heritage and culture. The history of American Jews is rooted in thousands of years of searching for freedom and equality. We are committed to sharing this story, the life lessons it brings with it, and building bridges between people of diverse backgrounds. By telling personal and local stories about issues that can be overwhelming in scale, JMM inspires empathy and deepens understanding of not only the Jewish people, but also others who have gone through similar experiences.