To meet the challenges faced by small businesses in today’s tough economy, Pinnacle Motivations is sponsoring “My City, My Biz Wisconsin Small Business Expo, which was been created to bridge the gap between–and bring awareness to–area residents, entrepreneurs, agencies, associations, commerce and city and state officials of the local services and resources available to them. The Expo will be held October 28 to October 30 at the Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel and Convention Center, 4747 S. Howell Avenue. The Expo will feature free seminars, where attendees can hear more about specific business topics and funding strategies for the success of their business in today’s economy. The Expo will have over 300 exhibitors involved in a myriad of businesses. On Sunday, October 30, the expo will hold the Opulence Awards will be held to celebrate Pinnacle Motivations members and the small business community at-large. The event will be held in the Wyndham’s Ballroom.
The Milwaukee Chapter of the Black Public Relations of Milwaukee will lead a local coalition of about 150 African-American public relations practitioners to the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS) 2011 NBPRS Conference and Career Fair being held Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 27–30, in Milwaukee at the InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel, downtown. The conference will provide the group with four inspiring days of career development, new business and networking opportunities and will highlight industry success stories, trends, best practices, diversity issues and hot topics.
Students from a Head Start site got to interact with students from the Marquette University Dental School and learn a valuable life lesson.
Youngsters from the Social Development Commission’s Head Start North school met with dentists and dental students at the Marquette University Dental School’s Northside Clinic at 2nd and Capitol. There they got to meet with staff and dental students to learn about what happens at the dentist office. They got to experience firsthand dental equipment and procedures in a non-threatening way.
The preschool children learned from Marquette dental students about the link between diet and dental health as well as get to practice proper brushing techniques on over-sized teeth. The goal of the session is to provide a positive experience for the children so they will not shy away from going to the dentist to get crucial dental care as they grow older.
Marquette’s Dental School is involved in a number of projects with SDC Head Start sites. Besides the educational sessions, the school also helps host the annual Dental Days in which hundreds of young students get dental screenings and treatment.
Dental care is a key aspect to the overall Head Start curriculum and SDC staff note that Marquette University Dental School is a vital partner in delivering that to the children who are between the ages of three and five. For more information on the SDC Head Start program, visit the SDC website at www.cr-sdc.org and click on the “Programs” page or call 414-906-2777.
by Taki S. Raton
For the third consecutive year, the top Milwaukee African American students attended the Fifth Annual Honors Student Reception (HSR) sponsored by the 100 Black Men Chicago Chapter.
And for the second year in a row, the HSR invitations were extended to Beloit, Madison, and Kenosha school districts for their high ranking pupils to participate.
The invitational HSR is held yearly on the second Friday in October in conjunction with their public Annual College Scholarship Fair held the next day.
This year’s HSR was held at the UIC Forum on the campus of the University Of Illinois Chicago Circle. The event is specifically designed for students who have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale and a 23 or higher score on the ACT exam. Only the first 200 registered are allowed to attend.
With the support and initiative of the Milwaukee Chapter of 100 Black Men’s 12 seniors who met the qualifications were among Chicago area African American students that met with college and university representatives from around the country, many of whom were from Ivy League schools.
The purpose of this interaction is to inspire opportunities to attract both college admission and scholarship prospects.
The college and university representatives are very much aware they were speaking to top-of-the-line high achieving African American students.
A sampling of the 45 colleges and universities that attended the reception include Morehouse College, Notre Dame University, Carleton College, Dartmouth College, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, Wellesley College, Spelman College, University of Pennsylvania, Hampton University, US Air Force Academy, Vanderbilt University, American University, Chicago State College, Hampton University, US Army ROTC/West Point, Princeton University, University of Michigan, and Howard University.
In attendance this year from Milwaukee and the invited districts were Nikki Grant, Naomi Grant, and Aris Battiste from Riverside University High School, Gabrielle Winbush and Ebony Carson from Messmer, and Olanrewaju Awosika and Asia Burgos from Divine Savior Holy Angles High School.
Bria Stephens and Pierre S. Charles where selected from Beloit Memorial High School. Marshaun Hall and Oon-Ife Olaiya were listed from Madison West High School and Madison LaFollette High School was represented by Dominic Stenson.
“This has honestly been a great opportunity for me,” said Nikki Grant. “I have attended college fairs prior to this event,” she adds. “But none like the Honors Student Reception tonight. Although I entered the evening a little intimidated and apprehensive, I was completely comfortable after conversing with an admission counselor or two. I do not regret taking advantage of this invitation and I am certainly grateful for this experience.”
Stenson recalls that that the HSR was “a fantastic opportunity to expand my knowledge of this country’s great colleges.” Bria Stephens echoes similar sentiments in her comments that “it was a great learning experience and now I am interested in applying to other colleges. I know now in particular what I have to do to get into Howard.”
“I would advise every senior to strive for the privilege to attend the HSR,” says Hall. “I thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to speak with these college representatives. Each school rep was able to offer information not found on a website. Not only was I given valuable information concerning scholarships, admission and important deadlines, I was also able to familiarize myself with the type of people and atmosphere each school offered. All in all, I believe this was a very valuable experience.”
“I enjoyed this evening. It was a great opportunity for our young people searching for the right college,” said Shirley Brickson, Bria’s grandmother from Beloit who joined her mother Patricia Grady. Grady and Brickson who were among six parents and relatives who accompanied students as chaperons.
Tracy A. Carson, mother of Ebony thanked the organizers for the opportunity and experience of meeting with top college and university recruiters. “My daughter was able to meet with administrators and staff from some of the country’s top colleges and universities and acquire much needed information to help in her college search.”
Added Carson, “We enjoyed every aspect of the event to include the meet-and-greet at Milwaukee’s African American Women’s Center and the evening’s special college fair in Chicago. Every part from the beginning was very well organized and I might add that the food in Chicago was just simply delicious. All I can say is that 100 Black Men did their thing and I know that we are off to a great start for college.”
“I asked God that every facet of this trip would be enriching and needless to say it was,” noted Gabrielle’s mother Erma J. Winbush. “The warmth of the get-acquainted session at the African American Women’s Center was super. The dedication to the mission was evident as Milwaukee’s 100 Black Men’s president, Dr. Kenneth Harris shared encouraging words to the students who were present.”
Winbush praised the “grand style” of the transportation to and from the UIC Forum, as well as having the opportunity to speak one-on-one with college representatives from around the country, acquiring very useful information on admission requirements, scholarship opportunities and financial aid.”
Also joining their twin daughters Naomi and Nikki from Riverside were parents Steven and Susan Grant Bacon.
“Well, this event was not quite what I expected,” recalls Naomi. “It was indeed greater and exceeded all of my expectations.” Naomi said she and her portfolio were well received. “I feel especially honored to have been invited to this most informative evening knowing that my strides for success are being recognized.
“I cannot express enough thanks and gratitude to the Milwaukee and Chicago chapters of 100 Black Men of America for presenting this opportunity for me and those of my peers who met the criteria,” Naomi continued. “On behalf all of the students present, I thank you for providing such a tremendous service to our Black youth.”
As noted earlier before the students and parents boarded the bus provided by Providence Baptist Church, they were guests at a send-off reception at the Wisconsin African American Women’s Center (WAAWC), 3020 West Vliet Street. Milwaukee 100 Black Men chapter president Harris, area founder and OGM of MUSA, LLC Tony Muhammad and WAAWC co-founder Josephine Hill were on hand to give congratulatory remarks to the seniors.
A special thanks is extended to Dr. Earl Wheatfall and the 100 Black Men Milwaukee Chapter for continuing event co-sponsorship and support, and to Hill and the WAAWC for the send-off venue. Appreciation and thanks is also given to Charles E. Fowlkes of CEF Holding for providing food and refreshments at the meet-and-greet.
A note of special appreciation to bus driver Providence’s John Barbee who for the last three years—including this year—footed a truly magnificent, smooth, comfortable and schedule specific journey to and from our destination given rush hour traffic concerns.
Thanks is further given to school counselors Keith Steward in Madison, Ruth Herrie at Divine Savior Holy Angels, Erin Wolf at Beloit Memorial High School, Phil Stollenwert at Messmer, and Riverside University High School teacher Billie J. Saffold for their invaluable assistance in identifying the high ranking eligible students in their building.
In this regard, we also extend recognition to Milwaukee High School of the Arts’ principal Barry Applewhite whose office was instrumental in identifying MHSA’s student Shakia Rayford for this year’s HSR. Unfortunately, Shaklia could not attend the event.
The combined co-sponsorship between the Chicago and Milwaukee 100 Black Men chapters have provided the opportunity over the past three years to identify a grand total of 75 Wisconsin students who successfully met the 3.3 GPA and 23 minimum ACT cum score for selection to this annual invitational.
Out of the 75 state students, 49 students from Milwaukee, Kenosha, Beloit, and Madison have actually attended the HSR through this Milwaukee-Chicago partnership initiative from 2009 through 2011.
Both the Milwaukee and Chicago chapters of the 100 look forward to next year where it can be assured that this year’s 75 Wisconsin qualified student count will top over 100 in 2012 and significant numbers added to the actual attendance listing.
It is envisioned that we continue to provide this unique experience to our African American seniors as genially expressed by Messmer High School’s Ebony Carson, “I felt this opened a huge opportunity for me to get into a top college. This also encourages me to be an inspiration to generations after me.”
“Coming to this event was extremely eye opening,” said Madison West’s Oona-Ife. “I found new schools to apply to including Howard, Notre Dame and a few others.
“I really appreciated how enthusiastic the colleges were about their schools and also how encouraging they were about having us apply to their campuses. They were knowledgeable and kind. I took a lot away from this experience.”
Taki S. Raton is a school consultant in the African Centered instructional model. Former founder and principle of Blyden Delany Academy in Milwaukee, he is an adjunct instructor at Springfield College and a writer and lecturer on the national stage detailing African World historiography, urban community concerns with emphasis on education, the social development of Black youth and African American male issues. He can be reached by email for presentation and consultant inquires at: [email protected].
Once again, our Black community is going to suffer with the possible closing of five central city post offices.
The Question: What do you think we can do about this? And, what type of changes will we have to make as a communitty if this happens?
Oshi Adelabu: “Stop paying bills online and use the Post Office. That is my practice because I want to try and keep people employed.”
Shirley Franklin: “Closing our Post Office will cause people to drive to Brookfield to mail packages. Our seniors may not have access to transportation or on-line access to pay bills.With the closings we wil have to make special arrangements just to mail a package.”
Nikeya Brown: “This is one more blow to central city residents; one more resource that will be absent from our community.”
Aristede Bratchett: “It will be very hard for seniors to mail letters and packages or have a post office box. And the community would have to adapt to harder times.”
(MADISON) Sen. Lena C. Taylor (D-Milwaukee) took a special action to require the Committee on Labor, Public Safety, and Urban Affairs to hold a second public hearing on Senate Bill 207, which will allow discrimination against an employee on the basis of a conviction. SB 207 is a highly contentious bill that will have an immediate effect on thousands of people in Milwaukee and actually keep many from obtaining employment.
Had the motion passed, the hearing would have been held in the City of Milwaukee and the public given three days notice of the intended date and time. The motion failed 17-16, with all Republicans voting against it without debate. “SB 207 overturns a large portion of our non-discrimination statutes. Wisconsin is second in the nation for incarceration of African-Americans. On top of that, Milwaukee has almost 50% unemployment for men of color.
SB 207 removes any hope of a job. Employment is one of the most important aspects of successful reentry, and I believe our state has a vested interest in assisting with that process,” Taylor noted.
SB 207 is expected receive a committee vote soon. Taylor encouraged persons who oppose the bill to contact the committee chair, Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) to voice their opposition at (866) 615-7510 or [email protected]
Adding fuel to the fire is my philosophical decision to always put Black folks and truth ahead of political party, status quo or the Negrocracy, and it’s no wonder why I’m constantly asked how I maintain my cool—and temper, responding to criticism and attacks from the right and left with frequently no more than a devilish smirk on my face.
To be honest, it’s easier today than it was 10 years ago. Back in the day I would spend many sleepless nights, thinking about revenge, or how to sabotage someone or something.
On one occasion I was so incensed by the comments (and unfounded) criticism from a Black ‘minister’, I actually mapped out his butt kicking in my mind…down to the last wink I would give him as I stepped over his battered body.
Back in the day I would take criticism and attacks personally. Words hurt. Criticism was stinging. My bulletproof vest was heavy from spent lead, and it gave me migraines when I knew an assassin was targeting me to uphold the status quo, or to gain favor with a special interest.
But I’ve mellowed over the years. I’ve learned I can’t please everyone, and no matter which side I take somebody’s always going to get mad. I’ve also adopted the theory that ‘while life isn’t fair, would you really want it to be?’
One of the secrets to my cool, calm and collected demeanor amidst the challenges of life as an activist journalist is rooted in three life lessons I’ve learned the hard way over the years. They are pretty much grounded in Reinhold Niebuhr’s serenity prayer, but a little more situational.
Lesson one: Human nature prods each of us to seek power, or to feel better than the next person. Whether you’re a crossing guard, or a church usher, your position grants you a level of power—control over others—that can often lead to abuse.
There’s the police officer who orders you around, or comes across as abrasive for no reason other than to exert his ‘power’ over you. (Black men can really attest to this fact of life.)
There’s the parent who shouts out orders to, or verbally abuses his/her child, simply because they can, or are mad at the world.
Or, the bully who dominates and controls a smaller kid.
Sometimes the power wielder doesn’t even know they are fueling their power tank even when it’s obvious to everyone else around them.
There are a lot of power plays in marriage, too. If you look deeply enough, you’ll always see one partner jockeying for position, making demands or otherwise asserting themselves.
It’s generally about power, control, dominance. It’s also about human nature, or sometimes it’s about how external factors exert control.
Many Black men turn on their wives because they have been disparaged by society.
They feel powerless as a result of societal prejudice and racism and decide to take out their frustrations on their wives. I’m not justifying, I’m simply educating.
Conversely, I have this theory about brothers who date Black women who have established themselves as the head of the household. Particularly women with children. Here comes a brother who may have traditional ideals about nuclear families. And what’s the first thing to happen? There’s a clash. A power clash.
Forget that stuff about shared responsibility and decision-making. There will come a time when someone has to make the final decision. And then you’ll see the battle over power floating to the surface.
My lesson, developed from years of observations and confrontation, is to go with the flow as much as possible. Give everyone their day in the sun; don’t get into a tither because someone wants to feel their oats.
In general, you should allow everybody his or her day in the sun, particularly if it’s harmless.
For example, you’re at a dinner or social event and someone constantly uses bad grammar, or mispronounces a word. Do you have to correct them?
Do you have to interject every time someone says something stupid, brags about something superficial, or takes credit for something they didn’t do?
Life Lesson Two. One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned being in the public eye is to not take criticism personally. Or when attackers do cross that line (violating the unwritten rule never to personalize an attack), to accept it as the price of doing business.
There was a time when I would strike out, counterattack, dig up dirt, or scream to the high heavens when someone criticized or attacked me.
I wasn’t kidding when I said I had mapped out an attack scenario for a Black minister, and given the opportunity I would have carried out my plan. I was totally out of my mind; anger had replaced logic and common sense, and my retort to his personal attack against me for telling the truth was a plan to get physical.
(For the record, before you freak out because I’m talking about a so-called servant of God, everybody knows darn well there are corrupt, egotistical and ungodly ministers out there. Some with hidden agendas, others on power trips and a few who sleep with the enemy, or otherwise betray their vows.
The individual I’m talking about fit that description and choose to defame my family and me when I caught him with his hand in the cookie jar and publicized his ‘sins’ and betrayal of the Black community.
Because he was a ‘man of the cloth’ some people believed him when he tried to assassinate the messenger, in this case me.)
For the most part, journalistic advocacy and community activism is a game played with vague rules. And players must realize every time you open your mouth to say something (even if it’s profound) you’re inviting some insect the opportunity to fly in there.
Sometimes consider the source. Other times realize few engage in battle without blood being drawn. And keep in the back of your mind the remote possibility that the opposition may be as strongly passionate about an issue as you are.
It took me a long time to come to grips with the fact that no matter how compelling your position, there is always the possibility that the other side in the debate may feel equally right in their own mind.
To me, advocacy for school choice was rooted in it being a path to Black empowerment, providing options to poor families (most of whom were Black) and in forcing the public school system to be accountable to the “Have Nots.”
Moreover, given the history of educational apartheid in this city, supporters of the measure felt opposition to school choice was nonsensical.
But opponents had equally compelling reasons for their positions, and our assumptions that they were dupes of the status quo or misled by the Negrocracy, were frequently misplaced.
Of course, it took me a while to learn that lesson, primarily because some special interests with a vested interest in maintaining the educational status quo positioned themselves between the two emotionally driven sides.
Among their tactics was a scheme to bring in Black character assassins whose sole purpose was to divide and conquer. And that included a scheme in which they would disparage and viciously attack the character of choice supporters, myself included.
To say it was nasty would be an understatement. I’ll never forget one such attack in which they authored a letter linking my oldest son’s death (he was a teacher at a charter school), to “God’s punishment” for my role in advancing school choice.
I don’t think anyone would blame me for my anger and plans to break the fingers of the author(s) of that letter. But eventually I learned to put it in God’s hands and not to dwell on stupidity. I also learned to believe in Karma, and to accept the fact that when you put wood on the fire of anger, you stand a chance of getting burned yourself.
My final lesson (for the day) deals with my coolness under fire while taping Sunday Insight.
Over the years the most consistent question I’ve been asked is how I can remain calm when it appears I’m under attack every week. The reference is to the fact, or assumption, that I’m the lone voice of reason, the sole left of center pundit among five panelists. And usually the only African American.
“I would have pimp slapped all those MFs,” somebody recently told me.
Oh yeah? Why? What would it accomplish?
Why trip out over people’s opinions? And to be honest, sometimes they use unflattering truths, we just don’t want to hear or acknowledge it.
For example, I’ve asked people over the years what was said that they construe as ‘racist,’ and the response is generally something about statistics used by a Republican or conservative on the panel. Like, huh, Black folks commit most of the crime in Milwaukee, or that we led the state in out of wedlock births, illiteracy and the high school drop out rate?
Of course the usage of the statistics may be used in a mean spirited way, or to justify some prejudicial assumption. And on those cases I’m quick to jump in. I also reject the validity and intent of Black folks like Herman Cain to justify stupidity.
On the other end of the spectrum I don’t always agree with the Al Sharpton’s and Jesse Jackson’s of the world, particularly when they espouse the rhetoric of the missionaries.
But overall, I don’t allow myself to get overwhelmed or disrupted by methodology or philosophies that are counter to my own. Opinions, my father used to say, are like…everyone has one.
My primary purpose in doing the show is to provide another perspective, to represent the voiceless and to advocate on behalf of Black people. And sometimes that puts me in the awkward position of lambasting individuals and organizations that some naively believe have our best interests at heart.
Which is another lesson I’ve learned over the years that has helped me maintain a cool demeanor: “Black people have no permanent friends, nor permanent enemies, just permanent issues.”
I look forward to doing Sunday Insight every week. I’ve done more shows than the host, Charlie Sykes, and have probably received more hate mail, and letters of support and recognition than anyone on the panel.
Moreover, the show has forced me to become more analytical, more pragmatic and more resourceful than I otherwise would have been. It’s also helped me see the world through other people’s prisms.
When I was young, I thought everything was black and white. As I matured, I learned that there were various shades of grey. As I entered elder (not old) status, I’ve finally realized that the world is black and white.
And that’s the greatest lesson to be learned.
Learn More About the Concealed Carry Law
Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm will be on hand to explain what the concealed carry law entails, where to go for proper training and permits, as well as to answer any questions you may have.
Date: Monday, October 31
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Location : Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Building
2300 N. Martin Luther King Drive, Milwaukee, WI
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Television, radio, and the Internet have been buzzing nonstop for years about the plight of single, black women looking for love, but what about all the single, black men? Nobody’s been bold enough to take a stand and speak out on behalf of all the good, single black men out there looking for love too. However, now, that’s all changed. The Victory Unlimited Show (www.victoryunlimitedshow.com) attacks this issue with the kind of guts, gusto, humor, and controversy that’s rarely heard in the mainstream media.
Based on feedback from the show’s fan base, the most recent broadcast entitled “The Top Twelve Reasons Why So Many Good Black Men Are Still Single” put forth the following list as the reasons why so many good black men are still unhappily single:
1. They keep meeting women with unrealistic expectations for what they want in a man.
2. They keep meeting women who put them in the wrong category by writing them off too quickly as not being “their type”.
3. They’re not wanted because they’re not needed. Too many women have told them that they don’t “need” a man.
4. They keep meeting black women who don’t respect them just because they “are” black men.
5. They keep failing women’s Girlfriend Approval Test. If the woman’s friends don’t like them, then that woman won’t give them a chance either.
6. They keep meeting women who are not interested in them, but only in how much money they make.
7. They’re nobody until somebody else loves them. Not enough women see them as a prize unless they see a lot of other women chasing after them first.
8. They meet too many women who don’t really know what they want.
9. They meet too many women who believe that single, good black men are “too good to be true”.
10. They’re the right man at the wrong time.
11. They meet too many women who don’t recognize a good man when they see one.
12. They don’t promote all the great things about themselves boldly or consistently enough to enough women.
The Victory Unlimited Show is a “tongue-in-cheek”, self-help show for men that’s reminiscent of programs from the Golden Age of Radio. During each broadcast, the host codenamed “Victory Unlimited”, answers dating, relationship, and general life questions by addressing them with a motivational, military-like zeal. “Before we can go on a mission to rescue black relationships, I think it’s important that we take into account not only the women’s perspective, but the men’s as well,” says the host. “Otherwise, we’ll never advance from monologue to dialogue, which is where our hope for future success lies.” For more details, visit www.victoryunlimitedshow.com
Fathers Incorporated and The Black Star Project Help Coordinate 25 Cities to Improve the Plight of Black Males in America
Under the inspiration of Muhammad Ali’s “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee; Rumble Young Man Rumble” rallying cry, major urban cities will strategize to address issues of Black Male achievement in their own communities on November 12th. “We spend an awful amount of time laboring over the sobering and tragic statistics facing black males,” says Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated. “As Black men, we are way overdue to do something about it and to stop just talking about and waiting for someone to rescue us.”
“We are the leaders, we’ve been waiting for,” says Shawn Dove, Campaign Manager for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement at the Open Society Foundations. Major urban cities across the nation are far from claiming victory for Black Male achievement. Double digit unemployment rates, incarceration, health disparities, low educational obtainment figures and violence are just a short list of items yet to be addressed for this population of men. Even as America’s frustration with the economics of our country continue to boil, movements like the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street and other activities to address poverty are still leaving black males, who continue to be hardest hit, far behind.
In Louisville, Kentucky in September, 2011, Open Society Foundations hosted over 75 leaders from around the country who gathered to address how they would mobilize efforts using the spirit of the Muhammad Ali center and his legacy of principles. Muhammad Ali was quoted to say, “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” That sentiment inspires this renewed urgency of work for the improvement of the plight of Black males.
“Much of why this work is so critical can be seen right here in Chicago where more Black children died from gunfire in 2008 than Chicago soldiers died in Iraq,” says Phillip Jackson, President of The Black Star Project. “In addition to high levels of violence, 50 % of all Black men between the ages of 16 and 64 years old are jobless. These numbers are devastating our families and destroying our communities; and not unique to just Chicago,” continues Jackson.
In addition to the day of action planning; there will be a 10-city role call via video conference to introduce, share information and explore solutions with a powerful core of men participating from each city. Afterward, a report will be compiled that encapsulates strategic goals and tactics to address the multiplicity of issues facing the nation’s Black males. The solutions to the issues of Black males in America will be distributed nationwide in this report..
THE FOLLOWING CITES HAVE SIGNED ON SO FAR: 1) Albany, New York, 2) Atlanta, Georgia, 3) Baltimore, Maryland, 4) Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 5) Chicago, Illinois, 6) Cincinnati, Ohio, 7) Jackson, Mississippi, 8) Louisville, Kentucky, 9) Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 10) Newark, New Jersey, 11) New York City, New York, 12) Omaha, Nebraska, 13) Peoria, Illinois, 14) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and 15) Washington, D.C.
We are encouraging your city to participate in addressing issues affecting Black Males in your community. For information on how your city can be involved in this national campaign and receive a organizing kit; please call 773.285.9600 or email The Black Star Project at [email protected]. on FACEBOOK:https://www.facebook.com/RumbleYMR