St. Mark A.M.E. Church
Rev. Darryl R. Williams, Pastor
St. Mark A.M.E. Church’s 31st Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration on Sunday, January 20th includes an exhibit owned by Mount Mary College, highlighting African American Women Moving Us Forward. The exhibit, entitled “S_i_s_t_e_r_s_ _o_f_ _F_r_e_e_d_o_m_” _will be on display at St. Mark, 1616 W. Atkinson Ave., January 20, 2013, with extended dates. The exhibit is free to the public.
Prior to opening the exhibit, St. Mark will hold a service and program at the church (beginning at 11a.m. honoring individuals that exemplify this year’s theme: “Called to Make a Difference.” Those being honored have shown courage to act and persevere as they sought solutions to inequities. The honorees are:
Dr. Eve M. Hall, African American Chamber of Commerce. She is a leader and advocate, experienced in education, non-profit, and governmental sectors; has earned a reputation as a “builder” and one who inspires and demonstrates the power of strong programs and partnerships to create change and opportunities that positively impact the lives of others. She presently serves as the President/CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she is leading the renewal of the organization.
Michael L. Jones, Retired City of Milwaukee Fire Chief. Chief Jones began his service career with the Department, in October 1979. Over a 32 year span Chief Jones developed extensive experience working with federal, state, regional and local agencies. As a professional firefighter, Chief Jones recognized the increasing complexities to maintain and attract young men and women within the community to seek careers within the fire services. He worked with the City of Milwaukee Department of Employee Relations (DER) to ensure “no adverse impact” took place during the testing process, while cultivating and maintaining professional competence among fire recruits, firefighters and chief officers.
Captain Terrence T. Gordon, City of Milwaukee Police Department. Captain Gordon is a native of Milwaukee and proudly serves the community that shaped him. He has been a member of the Milwaukee Police Department since 1995. As captain of District 5 since 2010, he has stressed a community-involved and community oriented approach to solving problems and building the community block by block. Captain Gordon says he is extremely proud of the officers and supervisors at District 5 who have remained engaged in the community despite the obstacles and challenges they faced in 2012. He believes no recognition of his achievements would be complete without the acknowledgement of their hard work, day in and day out, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. His mottos, heard by anyone who has heard him speak are, “No one can do it along,” and “Faith without works is dead.”
Christine Neumann-Ortiz, founding Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. Ms. Neumann-Ortiz is recognized as a national leader in immigration reform, serving on the board of a national coalition of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and featured in national interviews on NPR, Democracy Now!, CNN, and a contributor to Huffington Post. Voces is part of the Interfaith Worker Justice Workers’ Center network and is affiliated with international networks National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities and the Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras (CJM).