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<ul><li><p>JJOUROURNALNALW I S C O N S I N S L A R G E S T A F R I C A N A M E R I C A N N E W S P A P E R</p><p>CCThe MilwaukeeOMMUNITYOMMUNITYVOL. XXXVIII Number 52 July 23, 25 Cents BULK RATE</p><p>U.S. POSTAGEPAID</p><p>MILWAUKEE, WISCONSINPERMIT NO. 4668</p><p>Do you know who this person is?Shes one of 21 individuals your Milwau-kee Community Journal will be honoringSunday, Aug. 3, 2014 at its 38th Anniver-sary/Annual Jazz Brunch Celebration,which will be held at the Italian Confer-</p><p>ence Center starting at noon with a recep-tion, followed by brunch, fashions, andmusic by Christophers Project. There will be a raffle and exciting takehome gifts and a fantastic silent auction.</p><p>There will also be a performance by theRoselettes and this years Golden Idol Win-ner. Tickets are $90 each (proceeds are taxdeductible). For more information, call theMCJ offices at 414-265-5300.</p><p>MilwaukeeanDorothy Buckhanan Wilson new internatlpresident ofAlpha KappaAlpha SororityCHARLOTTE ( Buckhanan Wilson of</p><p>Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a businessexecutive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of AlphaKappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated(AKA), an international service or-ganization that was founded on thecampus of Howard University inWashington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organ-</p><p>ization established by African-Amer-ican college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised</p><p>of more than 265,000 members in ap-proximately 986 graduate and under-graduate chapters in the UnitedStates, the U.S. Virgin Islands,Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada,Japan, Germany, South Korea andAfrica.She was sworn in during a cere-</p><p>mony culminating the Sororitysweeklong international conventionheld in Charlotte from July 12 - July18. The installation took place at the</p><p>Charlotte Convention Center beforethousands of Alpha Kappa Alphamembers, dignitaries, and lovedones.</p><p>In ascending to the Sororitys chiefleadership position, Buckhanan Wil-son makes history as the only mem-ber to serve four consecutive termson its international board of directors.I am humbled and excited by the</p><p>opportunity to lead Alpha KappaAlpha Sorority. Its membership in-cludes distinguished women whoboast excellent academic records,proven leadership skills, and involve-ment in their local communitiesthrough advocacy and service. Over the next four years, Alpha</p><p>Kappa Alpha Sorority will deliver anunprecedented amount of high im-pact, hands-on service programs inour local communities, said Buck-hanan Wilson.As the 29th woman to lead the</p><p>106-year-old organization, Buck-hanan Wilson will guide policy, de-velop programs and set theleadership tone for Alpha KappaAlpha members and chapters world-wide.Professionally, Buckhanan Wilson</p><p>is a Senior Vice President at Good-will Industries, where she is respon-sible for a $25 million dollarenterprise in southeastern Wisconsinand metropolitan Chicago. With more than 60,000 people</p><p>served and 400 employees, she is oneof the most senior officials at thelargest Goodwill affiliate in the</p><p>(continued on page 10)</p><p>CYNTHIA BARLOW: Our history is importantbecause we, as a people, must acknowledge whatwe have lost and are lacking in our community. Weneed to know that we were and still are kings andqueens. If we knew our history, we wouldnt settlefor the condition we find ourselves in today. Wewould demand and expect more.</p><p>NAOMI WILLIAMS: As a future historymajor and staunch advocate for history as a majorarea of focus amongst young people, knowingwhere our story as Black people began is VITAL!Everyday, a piece of our roots are erased throughthe media with false information and misleadingtexts in the history books. It is up to us to arm our-selves with the knowledge of self and earnestlyshare and perpetuate the information there of.Ase.</p><p>EVERETT COCROFT: If we dontlearn, know, and share our history, wewill be defined and subject to hisstory! Say it loud!</p><p>MARQUIS WILBURN: No. 1: Because if youdont know your history, you are destined to repeatit. No. 2: Because if you dont know who you areand where you come from, you wont know whatyoure capable of. No. 3: To get to know your an-cestors (as a Black man or woman). No. 4: To learnTRUE world history...not just his-story. No. 5: Tobe brought back into remembrance and/or recallthat you ARE GOD! (as a Black man or woman).</p><p>QUESTION OFTHE WEEK: </p><p>During the viewing of thedocumentary Hidden Colors3 at the Brotherhood of Fire-fighters Hall, located onGood Hope Rd., we askedfour individuals who saw thedocumentary: WHY DO YOUTHINK ITS IMPORTANT WE(AS BLACK PEOPLE)KNOW AND LEARN OURHISTORY?</p><p>Members of the Garfield Avenue Festival, media and political figures opened the 17th annualfestival Saturday on the street it is named for. The festival featured six blocks of Blues, Jazz,Gospel and the arts; with over 150 vendors and 16 bands. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)</p><p>The jazz group, Christophers Project, filled the air between Atkinson, Capitol, and Teutonia, also known asThe Triangle, during the fifth annual Atkinson, Capitol, Teutonia (ACT) Business Improvement District #29Saturday. Neighbors and business owners in the area enjoyed a day of community and fun. Attendees alsolearned about ACT BID and the businesses and organizations that belong to it. Aside from the food and en-tertainment provided by Christophers project and other groups, there was also a health fair. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)</p><p>CelebratingBoomersBy Kathy GaillardThis GoldenYears column culminates The Milwaukee Com-</p><p>munity Journals (MCJ) recent series geared to individuals 55and older. Golden Years fittingly ends as the newspaper pre-</p><p>pares to honor some members of Milwaukees baby boomergeneration. As the MCJ celebrates its 38th Annual Dr. Terence Thomas</p><p>Scholarship Brunch, this years tribute pays homage to not onlythe many and varied contributions of the honoreesmany ofwhom are 55 and olderbut also showcases how outwardfocus, passion for a cause and healthy living can not only extendones life, but also make it more meaningful and joyful.This years brunch, Inspiration Meets Aspiration: Fabulous,</p><p>Fit, Fun and Fantastic: Uniting Generations will highlight someof Milwaukees leaders, activists and pioneers, who made theirmark in the city during the 50s and 60s. As the newspaper prepares to recognize these individuals,</p><p>their imprint on Milwaukees community may not be wellknown or understood by younger generations, but their storiesof determination, perseverance and historical implications areindelibly part of Milwaukees history and will be shared for</p><p>BRIA GRANT:10th Assembly Districtcandidate not afraid to goagainst the grain for thebenefit of constituents</p><p>nlike many De-mocrats in thestate Legisla-ture, 10th Dis-trict Assembly</p><p>Candidate Bria Grant em-braces Parental SchoolChoice and Charter Schoolsas one of the ways to fostermore successful educationaloutcomes for children.Its that willingness to go against the party-line on public vs. private edu-</p><p>cation that allows Grant to set herself apart from the other candidates runningfor the seat being vacated by Rep. Sandy Pasch. The primary election is August 12.Many Democratic legislators believe state tax dollars should be earmarked</p><p>only for public schools. But Grant says that type of thinking no longer works,adding students and their parents deserve options that will result in higher ac-ademic achievements. Getting rid of choice and vouchers will (also) dis-mantle existing community schools in the program that are performing well,Grant stressed Grant, a single mother of two children, believes education creates an envi-</p><p>ronment where high morals and values are fostered. This belief was fosteredby her childhood experiences. Though Grant grew up in an environment where there was poverty, crime</p><p>and few options for a bright future, she was still taught strong morals and val-ues, which she used to overcome the obstacles that confronted her. A graduate of Milwaukee Spectrum, an alternative high school. Grant at-</p><p>tended Springfield and Rust Colleges obtaining a Bachelors degree of Sci-ence in Human Services. She put her degree to work helping people whosuffered from drug addictions, dysfunctional families, and criminogenic be-haviors. </p><p>Buckhanan Wilson</p><p>Bria Grant</p><p>Election Watch 14</p><p>By Jazzmine Haygood,MCJ Intern</p><p>(continued on page 5)</p><p>PULSE OF THECOMMUNITYQuestion and photos </p><p>by Yvonne Kemp</p><p>GOLDENGOLDENYEARSYEARS</p><p>(continued on page 2)Stock photo</p><p>Garfield Avenue Festival a success!</p><p>ACT-ing Up on The Triangle!</p><p>U</p></li><li><p>The Milwaukee Community Journal July 23, 2014 Page 2</p><p>UNIVERSALLYSPEAKING</p><p>By Rahim Islam</p><p>The Milwaukee Brewers will hostthe franchise's ninth annual NegroLeagues Tribute at Miller Park onSaturday, July 26. Former Negro League players Ted</p><p>Toles Jr. and Nathan "Sonny" Westonwill be honored during a tailgate re-ception at Helfaer Field, beginning at3 p.m., along with a special pre-gameceremony at Miller Park. An autograph session with both</p><p>honorees will take place during thefirst 45 minutes of the game on theField Level Concourse near homeplate.Toles Jr., 88, began his playing ca-</p><p>reer in the Negro Leagues as apitcher/outfielder with the PittsburghCrawfords in 1946, going 18-7 as apitcher while batting .350. Later that season, he earned an in-</p><p>vitation to tour with the JackieRobinson All-Stars, where he playedon the west coast portion of the tour. He also played for the Newark Ea-</p><p>gles and was a member of the Cleve-land Buckeyes' Winter Leaguetraveling team in 1947. Toles Jr. was signed by the Cleve-</p><p>land Indians in 1950 and played intheir minor-league system, alongwith the Philadelphia Athletics' farmsystem. Additionally, he excelled asa boxer and track star.Weston, 83, was an outfielder and</p><p>first baseman with the ChicagoAmerican Giants in 1951. Followinga season in the Negro Leagues, We-ston was invited to spring trainingwith the Chicago White Sox, but wasthe team's final cut in the spring of1952. He tried out for the Brooklyn</p><p>Dodgers, but once again, was thefinal cut on a team that featured Hallof Famers Jackie Robinson, RoyCampanella, and Duke Snider,among other baseball greats. A nativeof East Chicago, Weston graduatedfrom Bloom Township High Schooland worked at the Ford Motor Com-pany Stamping Plant in ChicagoHeights, Illinois for 42 years.</p><p>Ninth annualNegro LeagueTribute at MillerPark July 26</p><p>(continued on page 11)</p><p>years to come.Over the past few months, the Golden Years column</p><p>has explored topics and shared statistics that pertain toone of the fastest growing population segments in theUnited StatesBaby Boomersindividuals born be-tween 1946 and 1964. Boomers today represent more than 28% of the U.S.</p><p>population. And, while the column has focused on suchtimely issues as online dating, downsizing and senior dis-counts, it has also raised awareness about such topicaland relevant issues as grief, divorce, sexual intimacy andmens health.As importantly, Golden Years has provided a platform</p><p>for some of Milwaukees stalwarts to impart advice andwisdom from generations passedsage counsel that hasserved them well as they took up the mantles of leader-ship and raised their own children.Sadly, the community and camaraderie that provided a</p><p>stable foundation for many of Milwaukees communityleaders, has diminished or become non-existent in somecentral city communities. Many seniors can share countless stories of living in</p><p>neighborhoods whereif you dared misbehaveby thetime you got home, your parents knew about it. More-over, even if an adult other than your parent immediatelycorrected you for misbehaving or being disrespectful,children raised in the 60s and 70s could expect to receiveadditional reprimand once their parents learned of the of-fense.Over the past weekend, Facebook was abuzz as indi-</p><p>viduals engaged in an impromptu social media gameabout Milwaukee of yesterday, posting comments underthe hash tag #Im so Milwaukee that I remember...Facebookers joined in to post such memories as enjoyingcustard and sundaes at Pig N Whistle on East Capitol, toshopping at Spartans on Green Bay Avenue, to summerconcerts in Garfield Park (now Clinton Rose), to seeingthe creepy lady sit in the window every night on 12thand North Avenue, supposedly waiting for her suitor to</p><p>come home. It was nice to reminisce about a differentera and the simple things that many of us boomers calledfun.Not all the memories were pleasant. Baby boomers</p><p>grew up during turbulent timeson the heels of JimCrows south and in the midst of racial riots, the assassi-nations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin LutherKing, Jr., and open housing marches across the country.However, the 60s were also a time of Black pride, strongfamily units and values. It was a time when the faithcommunity rallied families and neighborhoods to stand,protest and get involvedwhether it was to fight for de-segregation, voting rights or racial injustice. There wasa strong sense of community that not only united people,but also facilitated a wave of first-generation collegegraduates. Parents, who may not have had opportunitiesto go to college themselves, encouraged their children topursue higher education because they bought wholeheart-edly into the notion that education unlocked the door tosuccess and liberation.As we prepare to honor this years slate of individuals</p><p>who have made their mark on Milwaukees landscapethe likes of Tyrone Dumas, Lois Redic, Dr. Arthur Mines,Eugene Smith and Patricia Dunn, to name a fewwe rec-ognize that were it not for their vision, leadership and de-termination, many of the battles fought and strides madeduring the 60s and 70s would not be so were it not forthem.Aspiration meets Inspiration is fitting for The Mil-</p><p>waukee Community Journals annual signature event be-cause, as we pay homage to the many individuals whoworked to make a difference in the community, their in-spiring stories should prompt the new generationtheevents scholarship recipientsto aspire to build upontheir legacies. Once again, on August 3, 2014, the symbolic mantle</p><p>will be passed, as another generation takes up the helmand takes on the challenge to become as fabulous, fit, funand fantastic as those individuals who are over 55 haveso aptly done.</p><p>(continued from page 1)Celebrating Boomers</p><p>Participants in Sat-urdays UNCF Walkfor Education cometo the end of theroad in VeteransPark on Lincoln Me-morial Drive. Theannual walk was the30th that raisesmoney for the fundthat gives dollars tostudents to attendHisrtorically BlackColleges and Uni-versities. (Photo byYvonne Kemp)</p><p>The endis near...</p></li><li><p>The Milwaukee Community Journal July 23, 2014 Page 3</p><p>PERSPECTIVESPERSPECTIVESQUOTE OF THE WEEK: Sometimes youve got to let every-thing go--purge yourself. If you are unhappy with any-thing, whatever is bringing you down--GET RID OF IT.Because youll find that when youre free, your true cre-ativity, your true self comes out.--Tina Burner</p><p>THETHEMILWAUKEEMILWAUKEECOMMUNITYCOMMUNITYJOURNALJOURNALPublished twice weekly,Wednesday &amp; Friday3612 North Martin LutherKing Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53212...</p></li></ul>