MCJ May 27, 2015 Edition

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Welford Sanders of King Drive BID dies

Former NAACP state conference president Thomas E. White dies

Thomas E. White

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 27, 2015 for Thomas E. White, the past president

of the NAACP Wisconsin Conference of Branches and the longest tenured president of state NAACP conferences in the nation. White, who was also a member of the NAACP’s National Board, died Thursday, May 21 after an extended illness. He was 77. White, who was born April 25, 1938 in Parrott, GA, was a longtime resident of Racine where he served

the people of Wisconsin as NAACP state conference president for 41 years. White was first elected to the position of NAACP Wisconsin conference president in 1973. In 1985, based on the quality of his service, and the respect of his peers, he became the first person elected from the state of Wisconsin to serve on the NAACP National Board. He


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Welford Sanders

Welford Sanders, the former executive director of the non-profit Martin Luther King Economic

Development Corp. (also known as the King Drive Business Improvement District (BID#8) or King Drive BID), died, reportedly, over the weekend after a long illness. His immediate age was not available. Sanders led redevelopment efforts on King Drive and its surrounding neighborhood. According to published reports, Sanders was executive director of the King Drive BID since 2001 and was a part-time instructor at UW-Milwau-

kee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Under Sanders leadership, the King Drive development group created King Drive Commons, with 108 rental housing units and commercial space that includes Growing Power fresh produce market and cafe. The development was created in four seperate phases from 2004 to 2013 in an area bordered by North 2nd, North 6th, West Center and West Hadley (continued on page 5)

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Eve Hall, presiAACCW’s Eve Hall received Dr. dent and CEO of African AmeriWoman Executive of the the can Chamber of Year Award Commerce of Wis-

consin, recently received the 2015 BizTimes “Woman Executive of the Year” Award, during a ceremony held at Potawatomi Casino and Hotel. Standing with her is the presenter of the award, Steve Gagler, executive editor of BizTimes. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)


Capt. Ron Adams of the Wisconsin Army National Guard joined hundreds of other men and women currently serving in the armed forces at the Milwaukee Brewers game against the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park. Adams was recognized by the Brewers for being one of seven National Guard officers--and one of 27 overall recipients--to receive the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award for 2014. The MacArthur Leadership Award recognizes company-grade officers who embody the ideals of duty, honor and country. With Adams was members of his family to share the special moment (left to right): Daughter Amira, wife Angela, and daughter Ahriya Adams. Not shown is another daughter Anaya. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)

Sweating Tears and Shedding Blood

Unique Mobile Pantry provides food to those in need

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin partnered recently with Greater New Birth Church in distributing 25-30 pounds of food to individual residents in the church’s parking lot, located at 8237 W. Silver Spring Drive. The food came in a mobile pantry truck, a food pantry on wheels, which allows Feeding America to drive up to a location and directly distribute food to areas of high need that have limited capacity. Volunteers unloaded the food onto tables surrounding the truck. The volunteers then distributed the food to those residents in line. The truck can transport nonperishable and fresh or frozen products. Six of the seven doors are refrigerated, which allows Feeding America to distribute everything from fresh produce to frozen meat. (Photos by Yvonne Kemp)

Milwaukee Urban League and MillerCoors joins NBA legend to “reFresh” community Basketball courts Two-time world champion and 10 year

NBA veteran Kenny “The Jet” Smith joined MillerCoors recently to unveil the basketball courts in Milwaukee that will be refurbished through the Coors Light Full Court reFRESH program, which included a check presentation for $16,000 to the Milwaukee Urban League’s Young Professionals (MULYP) auxillary. The announcement and check presentation was held at Major Goolsby’s, 340 W. Kilbourn Ave. Smith (center) holds the check surrounded by (left to right): Ralph Hollmon, president and CEO of the MUL; Sean Lowe, president of the MULYP; Noah Finceroy, a member of the MUL Board; and George Walker, project manager BIS for MillerCoors. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)

PULSE OF THE COMMUNITY Photos and question by Yvonne Kemp

ANGELA ADAMS: “as an Army wife of nearly 18 years, I spend Memorial Day enjoying the freedom to watch baseball with my family--a freedom we have as Americans in large part because of the sacrifices of military service members, veterans, and military families; some who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”


“How did you celebrate Memorial Day?”

RONALD J. ADAMS (Army Natl’ Guard): “Memorial Day is the kickoff to a week-long celebration for receiving the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. I enjoyed front row seats at the Brewers game with my family while we all honored the service and sacrifice of service members before me and reflected on my 27 year career; remembering why I serve!”

JIMMIE L. CARTER (U.S. Navy Recruiter): “I BBQ’d and hung out with my family and came into work to help continue putting the best and brightest young men and women (into the Navy) to defend this great country.”

MARIA CAMPBELL (Air Force): “I was honored to be chosen to throw out the first pitch at the Milwaukee Brewers game on Memorial Day. God Bless America!”


Family, for the past three months The Milwaukee Community Journal has given me an outlet to amplify my voice and share my thoughts. I do not take this responsibility lightly or for granted; and, I appreciate the warm sentiments shared by various elders and peers in appreciation of the words written. With this last article, it is my goal to revisit some of the most salient points addressed and present some of the action items to be considered going forward as we keep our my mind centered on the topic “Men Empowering Men.” The most critical point is for us to have self-love, self-respect and selfworth. Through the years of bondage, captivity and racism, we, as a collective people, have forgotten who we were and consequently acted the way our oppressors designed and engineered. Dr. Ramel Smith The engineering was just not the buffoonery we see propagandized, nightly, in the news; but, also the betrayal of the academic and financially elite that, all too often, separate and disengage from others in their racial demographic. The talented tenth that DuBois wanted to lift the race cannot do it alone; yet, it must be coupled with the collective collaboration of every day citizens and then combined with the beautiful ignorance and strong-willed determination of our youth. Only then will we begin to achieve the accomplishments and display the beauty, courage and strength of our ancestors. I tire of hearing what the “White Man” has done to us and is currently doing to us. First, it is not all White People that is the enemy of the Black race. Don’t get it twisted, all who are White, do have the complexion for protection and their appearance alone will grant them certain privileges. That fact is undeniable. Still, at the end of the day, if we are waiting for the ancestors of our captors to fully integrate us into their society, we are destined to be, forever, secondclass citizens. We must pool our resources together in the spirit of Kwanzaa. We must become self-determined and use our creative gifts and economic power collectively. Once we gather with this purpose and practice faith in one another we will see tremendous growth and progress. We can accept help from any other entity willing to help; but, we must not depend on that help solely or sacrifice our ethics, morals and values to receive that help. Malcolm X stated, “The Black man will never get anybody’s respect until he first learns to respect his own women.” Our community cannot come together because the majority of our homes are splintered. Men, must show young men and boys that the key to our turnaround comes through the protection and development of our families. This dynamic starts with the man-woman dyad. Our young boys must see models of men respecting women through their words and actions. Our elder men must inspire the unification, rather than demonization and destruction of our own culture. Many youth will state their actions are only mirroring what they see in their homes and community- this is a sad truth. Beloved, the serum of love and respect can help to alter the dynamics of our neighborhoods and future generations. We must give the youth what they (continued on page 5)

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