If you would like to donate to The Dr. Terence N. Thomas Scholarship, you may do so at DrTNTScholarship.org/donate
If you would like to donate to The Dr. Terence N. Thomas Scholarship, you may do so at DrTNTScholarship.org/donate
They are our fathers, brothers, cousins, teachers, mentors, pastors, and neighbors
They are creative, responsible, energetic, strong, committed, leaders
They are the men in our community who take the lead, make a difference, take chances, and take control.
They are entrepreneurs, change agents, innovators, thought leaders and stakeholders.
Do you know a man who deserves recognition for empowering others?
If so, this is your opportunity to honor and recognize him. Take a moment to tell us about the man that you know and what he does to empower other men.
Nominations must be submitted by April 15, 2015 (12 noon).
Please complete this section and submit your nominations to the address below. You may also DOWNLOAD THE FORM and mail to the address indicated.
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This year, we honored some very INSPIRING honorees and Dr. Terence N. Thomas Scholarship recipients who ASPIRE to attain the wisdom of their elders. Inspiration and aspiration came together during the Community Journal’s 38th Anniversary Jazz Brunch Sunday August 3rd and the Italian Conference Center. The honorees and scholars were coupled together and introduced one another.
After each introduction, the honorees modeled their personal fashion favorites for the audience at the sold out event. “Guest Model” Thelma Sias of WE Energies modeled a unique, yet elegant black dress she wore at the recent Milwaukee Urban League Black and White Ball that was all the rage at the event AND at this year’s MCJ brunch!
Showing the ‘fit and fun’ sides of being a ‘seasoned citizen’, the Roselettes and Golden Idol performed. Music was provided by Christopher’s Project. The Master of Ceremonies was former MillerCoors executive Larry Waters.
Photos by Yvonne Kemp
Inspiration Meets Aspirations: Fabulous, Fit, Fun and Fantastic
Join us at 12 Noon on August 3, 2014 at The Italian Community Center for the MCJ’s 38th Anniversary and the Dr. Terence N. Thomas Scholarship Brunch:
Our theme this year: Inspiration Meets Aspirations: Fabulous, Fit, Fun and Fantastic”. Milwaukee’s finest invest in our youth..as our youth say “Thank You”….Intergenerational Salute to Excellence..
Music by Christopher’s Project…
More info as well as ticket information to come!
When Roland Anthony Pattillo received a doctor’s play kit as a gift from his parents at the tender age of seven it was a decisive moment for him; he knew that he wanted to become a physician.
And, though he proclaims that there was no profound life event prompting his desire to become a doctor, both his career and research have had profound effects on the medical community throughout the United States and the world.
Dr. Pattillo said that his father only had a modest education, making his desire to become a doctor all the more unlikely because his family could not afford to send him to medical school.
His father, who attended Tuskegee Institute, had worked his way through school by taking on student jobs—one of which was cleaning up George Washington Carver’s room! Ultimately, his father became an ironworker and spent his career working on the Missouri Pacific Railroad line.
During the time that Dr. Pattillo was growing up, segregation was everywhere and, with the possibility of becoming a doctor more of a dream then a reality; he adjusted his plans and set his sights on studying science to become a teacher.
As luck and life would have it though, by the time he graduated from Xavier University of New Orleans with a pre-med degree, Dr. Pattillo was able to attend medical school.
Because African Americans could not attend the medical school in New Orleans, the State provided him with a scholarship to attend medical school elsewhere.
“Even though I wanted to become a doctor, with six children in the family and my dad working on the railroad, it was unlikely that I would achieve my dream of becoming a doctor,” said Dr. Pattillo.
“But segregation ended up playing in my favor. I received a scholarship to attend medical school anywhere I could get admitted.”
The St. Louis University Medical School accepted him, and Dr. Pattillo was on his way to not only achieving his life-long dream, but he was headed on his journey to become one of the nation’s most prestigious physicians, professors and researchers.
Throughout medical school, Dr. Pattillo supplemented his scholarship by working several jobs—during the summers and at night.
“It was not easy, but I did what was necessary. Nothing was handed to me. I worked hard, studied hard, and it paid off,” he said.
And, indeed, it did pay off. During his tenure in medical school and throughout his residency, Dr. Pattillo studied under some of the most world-renowned doctors and researchers in the country.
First, while at the University of St. Louis School of Medicine, he had the great fortune of studying under Dr. Edward Adelbert Doisy, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine in 1943 for his foremost research related to estrogen and Vitamin K.
In addition, Dr. Pattillo was the only African American to study under Dr. George Gey at Johns Hopkins University.
Gey was the researcher who was able to grow cells taken during a biopsy when Henrietta Lacks was being treated for cervical cancer. These cultured cells gave rise to the HeLa cell line, prompting Rebecca Skloot to pen “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” a New York Times bestseller, which chronicles the conflict of the politics, ethics, racism and research surrounding the Lacks’ Family and death of Henrietta Lacks.
“Throughout my career—even during pre-medicine—my work and research has been driven by my early exposure to Henrietta Lacks and the enormous suffering that this 31 year old wife and mother had to endure.
“I was very much affected by the family’s suffering. I shared their pain and it made me want to work in medicine to become a part of research to identify new and better ways of doing things,” he said.
“Because Henrietta Lacks’ cells would grow and could be kept alive for scientists to use, we no longer had to use people as guinea pigs. Some of those early tests on humans cost a lot of lives, so I wanted to find ways to help alleviate human suffering in the name of science and research,” said Dr. Pattillo. Dr.
Pattillo’s interest in and compassion for the Lacks family led him to become well acquainted with them. He also purchased a headstone for Henrietta’s previously unmarked grave. He remains protective of the family and informally vets anyone that attempts to connect with them. In fact, only after several phone conversations with Skloot, did he facilitate an introduction that led to her interviewing the Lacks family and writing the book. “The family has endured much pain and suffering, as well as individuals attempting to prey on their misfortune and pain. Most of the family members—to this day—don’t even have health insurance, yet the medical community has benefited tremendously from the use of Henrietta’s cells,” said Dr. Pattillo. Ultimately Dr. Pattillo became a practicing physician and Professor of Gynecology, first at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and after 35 years, he moved the Reproductive tract cell bank to Morehouse School of Medicine continuing the original cell culture lines from Johns Hopkins University and the Medical College of Wisconsin. These will continue to be used in Reproductive Biology at this institution and worldwide.
Dr. Pattillo served as OB/GYN interim Chair from 1996 to 1998 at Morehouse School of Medicine. During that time, the residency program was established. He was awarded the Medallion of the International Trophoblast Society for his stem cell research in 2003. He also began hosting a women’s health conference at Morehouse School of Medicine, in honor of Lacks and invited members of the Lacks family to Atlanta to speak. The HeLa Conference recently celebrated its 18th year in September 2013.
Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology, Dr. Pattillo has authored more than 100 peer- reviewed journal publications, one book, and many book chapters. He began clinical and scientific studies in 1964 with the establishment of in-vitro cell models possessing characteristic biomarkers, which were used in multiple experimental designs for assessment of endocrine function, chemotherapy, radiation therapy sensitivity, and differentiation. The primary objective of this research was achieved in 1966 with the first identification of the Trophoblast Stem Cell and the establishment of the first human hormone synthesizing cell system to be maintained in continuous cultivation. The cell systems have been shared with scientists worldwide and the ovarian system was used to develop a new treatment for ovarian cancer.
Dr. Pattillo recently retired from his practice as a physician after more than 55 years. During Morehouse School of Medicine’s recent graduation ceremonies, he received the prestigious Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, which is bestowed on one professor and one student each year. He plans to continue his research at Morehouse School of Medicine, where he has worked for the past 18 years. Among his many awards, he also recently received the Pioneer Award from the National Institute of Health’s Contractor on Frontiers in Stem Cell Research.
While he has retired as a practicing physician, Dr. Pattillo has no plans to retire his research and numerous contributions to medicine.
“I will continue my work in the research laboratory and I will continue to host the HeLa Conferences. As a matter of fact, the next one is scheduled for September 13th,” he said. “I won’t be doing surgery, but I will continue to do what stimulates me. I tried to improve treatments for those afflicted by disease. I tried to give them hope to continue with the passion and fire to put one foot in front of the other. I am grateful for my own health and I have had the good fortune to be a part of doing what we as physicians are supposed to do, not what we say we do,” said Dr. Pattillo.
by Richard G. Carter
EDITOR’S NOTE: Though this article, written by Milwaukee native and journalist Richard G. Carter, doesn’t directly pertain to the Community Journal, it does speak to the power of Black media, whether it be newspapers, radio, television or, now, the Internet. As Carter notes, not only do we have the power to control our health, but to also control and make an impact with our own voice and vehicles of information.
“The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long…” Joseph Turkel, “Blade Runner” (1982)
There’s little doubt talk radio is an important sounding board for millions in America — Black and white. Indeed, talk radio is the closest thing to the town meetings of old, with opinionated callers from coast-to coast voicing their views on a variety of subjects.
That said, with The Community Journal this weekend proudly marking its 37th anniversary serving my beloved home town of Milwaukee, what better time than now to re-live some of the history of Black talk radio here. But of late, much of it is unfortunate.
I refer, of course to last March when the plug was pulled on talk radio station WMCS (1290-AM). Its demise was chronicled in The Community Journal, and many were outraged as voices they were familiar with were silenced — depriving them of a chance to weigh in heavily on the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman verdict.. A real shame.
So Black Milwaukee suddenly found itself with a single radio station featuring a talk format, WNOV (860- AM) — inexplicable for a large, heavily minority city. This brings me to the subject at hand, and a time many readers will remember and identify with.
WNOV’s “Carter-McGee Report” in 1994-95, was the best, most controversial call-in talk show in this town’s history — Black or white.
It was better than Charlie Sykes on WTMJ, Mark Belling on WISN and garnered much higher listener ratings than WMCS.
Of course, my view is not exactly objective, as I was the co-host with former Councilman Michael McGee Sr. — a firebrand activist in the mold of the Rev. Al Sharpton, my long-time New York City friend. Featuring “tough talk,” we aired Monday-Friday commercial-free from 8-10 a.m., and took Milwaukee by storm from the jump.
This unlikely pairing of polar-opposite Black men — an experienced print-broadcast journalist and controversial politician-activist — was kicked-off with stories and photos in The Community Journal and other Black papers.
And we were pure magic with a 300-percent ratings increase in our timeslot the first six months. The daily papers and TV also jumped on the bandwagon with unprecedented coverage for a Black radio show.
Our program was so influential that serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer wrote us a detailed letter from prison — verified by a handwriting expert — explaining his horrific actions.
And Khalid Abdul Muhammad, of the Nation of Islam, chose our show for his first public appearance after being seriously wounded by a would-be assassin in California.
“The Carter-McGee Report” featured many high-profile, local and national guests of all stripes — in-studio and by telephone. Following are only few of the national names:
Public TV’s Tony Brown; the Rev. Calvin C. Butts, of Harlem‘s Abyssinian Baptist Church; Earl Caldwell, of the New York Daily News; Sherry Carter of BET (my daughter); former New York Mayor David Dinkins; TV talk show host Morton Downey Jr.; author-poet Nikki Giovanni; James “Pookie” Hudson, of the legendary Spaniels; author-columnist Earl Ofari Hutchinson, and Roy Innis, of CORE.
Jazz singer Al Jarreau; Mike Tyson biographer Jose Torres; Prof. Leonard Jeffries, of City University of New York; boxing promoter Don King; author Julianne Malveaux; Jill Nelson of the Washington Post; New York talk show host-author Art Rust Jr.; the Rev. Al Sharpton; middleweight boxing champion Gerald Mc- Clellan; Carl B. Stokes, former mayor of Cleveland, and Wilbert Tatum, publisher of the New York Amsterdam News.
Guests of this quality and our fiery give-and-take with callers stunned Milwaukee and contributed to our popularity and success.
As provocateur, I was strongly pro-Black and pro-McGee — and many white callers hated me. We stirredup listeners with scathing opinions on police brutality and Mayor John Norquist, among other volatile topics.
In addition, I issued forth daily, hard-hitting commentaries on many areas of interest, such as the daily newspapers’ skimpy coverage of Black people. For its introductory theme, I chose Gene Chandler’s R&B classic “The Duke of Earl.” And listeners loved it.
“Living in America,” by James Brown, was selected as our opening musical theme — which helped give “The Carter-McGee Report” its right-now character. But best of all, it alerted listeners all over town that our two hours of “tough talk” was about to begin.
To many Milwaukee whites and casual tuners-in, Carter and McGee were a surprising radio talk show duo — acid-tongued, yet different Black broadcasting pals who clearly liked each other, and took no prisoners on the air.
We discussed hard, sobering facts of Black life in the city to a broad range of Milwaukeeans — providing positive information on one hand, and pulling-the-covers off some bad actors on the other.
Indeed, “The Carter-McGee Report” dealt in the real, not the imagined. We kicked ass and took names and did it with style. Those we offended deserved to be offended. This is the essence of thoughtful talk radio run by caring men and women experienced in life.
Unfortunately, “The Carter-McGee Report” as we knew it — the program listeners looked forward to and many wished had been on seven-days-a-week – lasted less than a year.
Its unexpected ending shocked those involved, as well as listeners who loved it. For me, it was a nurturing, worthy experience that I wouldn’t change for the world.
Milwaukee native Richard G. Carter is a freelance columnist.
Since its inception, this group has put together quite an impressive resume. The group has opened for national and legendary acts as diverse as the Temptations, George Benson, David Sanborn, The Supremes and Jennifer Holiday.
They have also performed at corporate functions for notable Corporations such as Northwestern Mutual, Johnson Wax, Quad Graphics and Time Warner.
They have also performed at The Grand Opening Ceremony for The Midwest Express Convention Center and at the political galas for The Governors National Conference and The Mayoral Candidacy Party.
The group also performs for festivals, special events, weddings and private parties. They are repeat performers at some of Milwaukee’s annual festivals, Riversplash, Summerfest, Rainbow Summer and Bastille Days to name a few.
For a lighter side of music Christopher’s Quartet would be the perfect entertainment selection.
The Quartet is a smooth, melodic infusion of Jazz delivered by four soulful musicians.
The Quartet is comprised of keyboards, drums, bass and saxophone.
Christopher’s Project is lead by saxophonist Chris Pipkins, a three-peat winner at Showtime at the Apollo, a prestigious Theater in New York City that showcases the best of up and- coming talent.
The groups lead vocalist Ameerah Tatum is one of the best female vocalists in the business.
Ameerah has performed locally as well as nationally. Her national and local credits include Janet Jackson and Eddie Butts, respectively.
The rest of the group rounds out with Del Bennet on drums (Sister Moon), Eric Hervey on Bass (Darryl Stuermer).
Theo Merriweather on keyboards and Darryl Thomas on Guitar (Chameleon). The group’s best asset is its ability to perform a wide variety of music for a wide age group.
The group performs Classics like, “It Had To Be You,” “Unforgettable” and “Wonderful Tonight.”
Dance hits like “All I Do,” “Black Cow,” “Celebration” and “I’ll Take You There.”
And Originals like “9:25,” “Blu Mist,” “Suite 3” and “Serenade.”
Their song list is vast and their talent is endless.A
Drs. Denise and Keevin R. Davis are board certified physicians with over 60 years of medical experience.
They graduated from the University of Toledo, School of Medicine.
Drs. Davis have shifted their medical practice from treating illness to promoting Health and Wellness. They are a firm believer in the axiom “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Drs. Davis are co-hosts of the two time national award winning television program, “Doctors in the Kitchen”. The focus is on healthy home cooking and positive lifestyle choices.
In addition they are involved in hosting radio programs and writing health and wellness articles for newspapers and magazines. The doctors speak to groups both large and small and for profit as well as non-profit organizations.
The doctors provide keynote addresses, conference presentations, and cooking seminars.
Their number one goal is to “Improve Your Quality of Life through Good Health.” Drs. Davis believe that “Good Health is for Everyone”! Please visit their web site at: doctorsinthekitchen.com
I present to you Drs. Denise and Keevin R. Davis!!
You have the power to improve your health
Disparities is a disproportionate descriptive too familiar in the African American community, health disparities, educational disparities, economic disparities, housing disparities, family composition disparities, urban disparities. Sometimes the significance is numbed by the reality of functioning and thriving in an area so disproportionately affected.
The statistics, graphically demonstrated by Dr. Camara P. Jones, Epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control, last year, was another wake-up call. We left that keynote address asking what more can MCJ do.
We spent ten months attempting to get non-profit service agencies, healthcare companies, and the city health department involved as honorees and advertisers. Ninety-five percent said “they cannot advertise” or “thanks for the invitation but we cannot be honored”, for multiple reasons.
Services that abound in the community, integral for sustaining health by eliminating addictions, anger management, child care, mental health and autism, retardation, women-anti-battering services, infant mortality, male health, family stability and a myriad of other respected clinical services were “neighbors in the hood that MCJ had desired to highlight in 2012.
Thanks to tenured corporate sponsors like MillerCoors, Potawatomi, WE Energies, Cream City Medical Society, Medical College of Wisconsin, Johnson Controls, Guaranty Bank, Columbia S&L, North Milwaukee State Bank, Quarles and Brady, HeartLove Place, Hope Schools, Hupy and Abraham, and other dedicated “neighbors in the community”, residents, and communitythought leaders, alike, recommitted to remaining in the community and continuing to make a difference!
We met our pledge to the students and benefitted from the health awareness that the keynote speaker brought. And MCJ decided that within our personal power was the opportunity to change some of the disparity figures, particularly in areas of eating, diet and nutrition, exercising, meditation and personal empowerment.
“HealthyStart 2013: You Have the Power” became the 37th Anniversary focus and it now comes to full fruition.
In January, we introduced our self-empowerment program to the community. We proclaimed: “we are what we eat”! And, though food deserts, meaning a local grocery store is not within a two mile radius of your home, often complicates availability, what you purchase, how you prepare it, what you encourage your children to eat, has a direct correlation to obesity, hypertension, cardiac disease, diabetes and many corresponding maladies such as strokes, heart attacks, liver disease, diabetic nephritis and resultant diabetic amputations.
Our neighborhoods know these maladies as they are exacerbated and our children become potential heirs to painfully life-threatening illnesses. Canes, crutches, prosthetics, motorized wheelchairs and oxygen tanks are far too common.
While walking clubs, jump rope competitions, neighborhood basketball teams and swimming clubs have been lost to urban safety concerns. And, television, fast-foods, electronic games and texting have eliminated family dinners, after dinner walks and home gardens for fresh veggies.
Years ago, every Milwaukee home had a few plants between the house and the sidewalk, rhubarb, leaf lettuce, tomatoes, radishes and cucumbers were annual early summer seeds that young and old planted and harvested.
Today, Fondy Market, Walnut Conservation, Growing Power and garden lots attempt to re-create these treasures.
Doctors’ Denise and Keevin Davis know our maladies! They have treated thousands of patients and now do cooking presentations to show us how to return to healthy lifestyles. We thank the Docs !
We expect them to challenge us as did Dr. Jones, last year. For, “when we know better, we do better”: Knowledge is golden, action is treasure.
Our Honorees, superb professionals, all, treat, teach, encourage, promote and service our community’s health needs daily. They are the Best of the Bests! Read about their lives, their commitments to excellence, their devotion to changing the diaspora and the ameliorating the disparities. Salute them. Applaud them. They are our community heros!
And our special honorees have been health servants for multiple decades now…they are extraordinary people who simply keep on giving! They are the Trailblazers who have paved the paths for even stronger health initiatives as the Affordable Healthcare act becomes a reality. Fewer deaths, fewer disabilities; we have much to look forward to, but it takes personal commitment. We can. We will. We must!
Each ticket holder makes possible the $32,000 that will be given to the students. They are our future, and our present exponentially striving and thriving! They thank you for your support.
Hear them during the dining period, they make us all proud, as they articulate their goals, their successes and their gratitude. We all thank you! They are the reason for this fundraising season.
It takes fortitude to meet a challenge and reach your personal goals. The Mission Makeover winners have shared their reasons for taking the plunge with Mission Makeover. Today they show their “Before and After” reveal; and now strut their physical successes to your applause. Yes, they will continue because they are “Healthy Start 2013: You Have the Power” role models. They are mobilization in person!
Thanks to Beverly Kern and the Boston Store…they show it is possible and it is worth the effort. We begin again, for YOU show us POWER! Congratulations.
We thank each of you: Honorees, sponsors, our distinguished guests, the MCJ staff and consultants, the volunteers, elected officials, keynote speakers, the students and their families, the benefactors of this year-long effort.
This is truly a community affair!! One that empowers each participant..for Healthy Start 2014 is already envisioned.
The quest to improve health in our community continues. Join us! Indeed, We HAVE THE POWER….for it lies within each of us. Blessings all!
Introduction of Speakers
Larry and Adrienne Waters
Larry Waters is the Senior Director of Community Commerce and Partnerships for MillerCoors. He leads a team focused on community partnerships at the local, regional and national level. In this role Waters is responsible for building relationships and developing various strategies and initiatives that showcase and align with the business objectives of MillerCoors.
He is a member of leading civic and business related organizations, boards and committees. He serves as a member of the board of directors for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and 100 Black Men of Greater Milwaukee. Waters also is a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chairman’s Council, the Corporate Advisory Boards for the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation and the National United Merchants Beverage Association. He most recently served as the board chair for the Milwaukee Urban League, secretary for the National Council of Urban League Board Chairs and as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Corporate Advisory Council and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra board of directors.
Adrienne Waters had a successful career in the investment industry for nearly twenty years serving in roles that included vice-president and portfolio manager.
Her responsibilities included the management of high net worth discretionary and non-discretionary trust and institutional portfolios.
She serves on the President’s Council of IMPACT in Milwaukee which is an organization that helps individuals achieve and maintain healthy, productive lifestyles by identifying the needs directed at resolving life crises. Adrienne also has a passion for music and is a volunteer for Applause, Inc. which supports fine arts at Brookfield Central High School. She most recently ended her long-time tenure as a member of the board of directors for the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Performing Arts in Brookfield.
THE MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES
Ever since she was a little girl Cassandra McShepard wanted to be a designer.
At 11 years old she started sewing clothes for herself, and by her late teens she was designing clothes for others.
A mere 20 years of age, she rented a small boutique space and opened her first atelier, and by 23 it was time to pursue a bigger dream of designing fabulous one-of-a-kind garments for entertainers.
She relocated to California, and inside 6 months she was designing exclusively for singer and actress Phyllis Hyman.
Her client list would eventually boast the likes of Nancy Wilson, The Manhattans, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Loose Ends, Abbey Lincoln, Glenn Jones, Allison Williams, Cherelle, The Whisperers, and journalist Soledad O’Brien.
However designer clothing would not be the only thing that Cassandra would create. In a life by her own design she is a writer, motivational speaker, Spokesperson for The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, jazz vocalist, personal trainer, and a radio and television personality.
She is currently co-hosting the smash hit television chat fest REAL MILWAUKEE, which airs live weekdays on FOX6 from 9-10 am.