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    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-

    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.

    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.

    MilwaukeeanDorothy Buckhanan Wilson new internatlpresident ofAlpha KappaAlpha SororityCHARLOTTE ( Buckhanan Wilson of

    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-

    ization established by African-Amer-ican college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised

    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-

    mony culminating the Sororitysweeklong international conventionheld in Charlotte from July 12 - July18. The installation took place at the

    Charlotte Convention Center beforethousands of Alpha Kappa Alphamembers, dignitaries, and lovedones.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    served and 400 employees, she is oneof the most senior officials at thelargest Goodwill affiliate in the

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    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.

    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.

    EVERETT COCROFT: If we dontlearn, know, and share our history, wewill be defined and subject to hisstory! Say it loud!

    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).


    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?

    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)

    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)

    CelebratingBoomersBy Kathy GaillardThis GoldenYears column culminates The Milwaukee Com-

    munity Journals (MCJ) recent series geared to individuals 55and older. Golden Years fittingly ends as the newspaper pre-

    pares to honor some members of Milwaukees baby boomergeneration. As the MCJ celebrates its 38th Annual Dr. Terence Thomas

    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,

    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,

    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

    BRIA GRANT:10th Assembly Districtcandidate not afraid to goagainst the grain for thebenefit of constituents

    nlike many De-mocrats in thestate Legisla-ture, 10th Dis-trict Assembly

    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-

    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

    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-

    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

    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-

    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.

    Buckhanan Wilson

    Bria Grant

    Election Watch 14

    By Jazzmine Haygood,MCJ Intern

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    PULSE OF THECOMMUNITYQuestion and photos

    by Yvonne Kemp


    (continued on page 2)Stock photo

    Garfield Avenue Festival a success!

    ACT-ing Up on The Triangle!


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    By Rahim Islam

    The Milwaukee Brewers will hostthe franchise's ninth annual NegroLeagues Tribute at Miller Park onSaturday, July 26. Former Negro League players Ted

    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

    honorees will take place during thefirst 45 minutes of the game on theField Level Concourse near homeplate.Toles Jr., 88, began his playing ca-

    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-

    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-

    gles and was a member of the Cleve-land Buckeyes' Winter Leaguetraveling team in 1947. Toles Jr. was signed by the Cleve-

    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

    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

    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.

    Ninth annualNegro LeagueTribute at MillerPark July 26

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    years to come.Over the past few months, the Golden Years column

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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-

    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

    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

    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

    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-

    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

    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.

    (continued from page 1)Celebrating Boomers

    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)

    The endis near...

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    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

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    MISSING CHILDErick Hall is asking the community to contact him if it has any

    information about his 13-year-old daughter Kayla, who he has notseen in five months.

    According to Hall, Kaylasmother was arrested for childabuse in 2009. In 2012, Hallsaid Kaylas mother abandonedher into his care. A year later,Hall states, the mother peti-tioned and was given full cus-tody and placement of Kayla.Though Halls daughter report-edly lives in Texas, her currentlocation and health status areunknown. Hall says he hasnever abused children, nor aretheir any allegations of abuse against him. Yet, according to Hall,the Milwaukee County courts has not been helpful or understand-ing of Hall or his attempts in locating his daughter.

    According to Hall, multiple attempts have been made by TexasChild Protective Services and the Houston Police Department tolocate Kayla. Anyone with information as to Kaylas whereaboutsshould call 414-339-0624 or email For moreinformation about Kayla and Halls attempts to find and regaincustody of his daughter, go to:

    Kayla in a Halloween costume

    When we start to examine the eco-nomic and social state of the Blackcommunity in America, were thefirst to come up with idea after ideaon how to we should be doing this orwe should be doing that? But guess what? Nothing is hap-

    pening and nothing of any meaning-ful way is getting done. In fact, over the past 50 years, at

    our pinnacle in this country repre-senting the accomplishments of theCivil Rights Movement, weve lostsignificant ground. In addition to The Emancipation

    Proclamation, Brown versus theBoard of Education, and the CivilRights Legislation of the 1960s,there havent been any real legalchallenges or gains in the path ofmore freedom for the Black commu-nity in America. Or maybe weve come to believe

    that were equal??? Recently, we didsee a organized response led by theNAACP to challenge a nationalagenda to suppress the Black andbrown vote which would had seri-ously threatened Barak Obamas re-election in 2012. If they had been successful, it is

    my humble opinion, that we wouldhave another person representing theoffice of US president. While most of the State courts re-

    acted positively, we still having amajor challenge brewing that couldroll back our voting rights. Its not winning the office that rep-

    resents our power; its the vote and

    the process that gives us our realpower. The voting engagement al-lows us to keep the political pumpprimed and to use it to advance oursocioeconomic agenda. It also be-comes the foundation for any legalchallenge as well. If we are to make the progress that

    we must have to change the trajec-tory of our people, we will need tohave as much control of the politicalprocess that is legally allowed. On the federal level, we still need

    Black senators, and the optimalamount of Black representation in theU.S. House of Representatives. We must also maintain and/or re-

    tain the control of Blackminority/majority cities of both theMayors office and the City Councilseats. We need local municipal judges,

    federal judges, state Supreme Courtjudges, etc. We will need to con-stantly address education, social,housing, economic development andcivil rights programs. Never has been there been one sin-

    gle voice for the Black people. How do you think things get done?

    How did we get here? Lets examinewhat happened during our captivity from approximately 1500 1865.We challenged America to live up toits own creed and in doing so we be-came an example to the whole world. Americas luster while always

    great became greater because Amer-ica had a very dirty, dirty secret (theenslavement of the Africans). Ourancestors, whenever they had the op-portunity would SPEAK OUTagainst the injustices facing our peo-ple. While this might seem like not a

    whole lot, it was extremely danger-ous for Blacks during the entire pe-riod of chattel slavery to speak outbecause they were threatened withtheir very lives (many of our heroesmysteriously and/or publically weretortured, murdered, and incarceratedfor life). There were numerous individuals

    who wrote and spoke on freedom forBlack people. This helped begin to create public

    opinion and the formation of theAbolitionist movement. In addition to challenging whats

    wrong (and nothing was more wrongthan the institution of slavery), whenyou have the heart and courage toSPEAK OUT, your message andyour courage is rewarded becauseyou find out that not everyone agreeswith and/or believes in the injusticesperpetuated against the Black manand woman in America. Also, the more public opinion

    began to shift the more people couldspeak out without being punished. While nearly everyone with means

    in America was a direct or indirectbeneficiary of the institution of slav-ery, slowly people began to distancethemselves from direct involvement;this is the power of public opinion. With the combination of legal

    challenges, shifting of public opinionon the legitimacy of slavery, the abo-litionist movement grew. Also during this same period we

    had a number of Black freedomfighters who took action and resistedslavery and used their capacities toCHANGE THINGS WITH THEIRHANDS. Whether one spoke out, or at-

    tempted to change things with theirhands, both should be viewed as ac-tions that must be taken to changeand/or right the wrongs being perpet-uated against our people its theACTION, its the MOVEMENT, itsthe CIVIC ENGAGEMENT that Imcalling your attention to. If this wasnt done, America would

    look a lot different today for Blackpeople. This didnt happen overnight;

    these efforts created a climate forchange in America and ultimatelyforced the domestic battle over theAmerican institution of slaverywhich ultimately resulted in the Civil

    War and Emancipation Proclamation.This is why politics is so important;this is why voting is so critical, but itcannot stand-alone. It only works when you have a col-

    lective agenda and youre able toleverage and align your agenda withothers that might not necessarily sup-port you but share your agenda.

    Politics, No permanent friends orenemies but permanent interest.

    During the Reconstruction Pe-riod, there were a number of feder-ally-initiated efforts developed tosupport the dismantling of the Amer-ican institution of slavery. I alwaysrefer to slavery in America as anAmerican Institution. Why youmight ask? Because it was and to suggest that

    it was anything less would weakenAmericas responsibility in this mosthorrific behavior and treatment ofour people. By definition an institu-tion is:(1) An organization, establishment,

    foundation, society, or the like, de-voted to the promotion of a particularcause or program, especially one ofa public, educational, or charitablecharacter; (2) Sociology a well-established

    and structured pattern of behavior orof relationships that is accepted as afundamental part of a culture, as mar-riageIt absolutely matters where you

    start and every fight waged by ourancestors to be treated fairly andequally like other Americans, wasmet with the most devious, hated,and mean-spirited resistance ever or-ganized. Dont get it twisted! You should

    ask yourself: Why? If you dontknow, you should do a little studyingbecause youre lacking some verybasic information. The enslavement of our ancestors

    was a brutal and vicious institutionthat hurt us, I believe, permanentlyand it continues to haunt us today inevery way. Slavery was a very profitable

    American institution. While the in-stitution of slavery doesnt existtoday, its infrastructure (ideas, be-liefs, values, and policies) has mor-phed into other Americaninstitutions.


    By Rahim Islam

    Rahim Islam

    Were All Accountable to the Movement: Part Two

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    Hidden 3 deemed sofantastic that even asix-year-old could understand the filmWe had to keep putting more chairs out, said Oshi Adelabu, retired fire-

    fighter and primary organizer of the Milwaukee premier showing of HiddenColors 3. The final count at this 7717 location of the Milwaukee Brotherhood of

    Black Firefighters Hall on Tuesday, July 15 was nearly 200 people. And tothis writer who was present, this number was magnificent given only a verybrief social media promotional outreach surfacing on Saturday, July 12, justfour days prior to the event.I came out tonight to join the community in this premier showing of Hid-

    den Colors 3 so that I can continue to pass on vital knowledge to our youngbrothers and sisters, says Alfonzo Watkins. I am a strong supporter of what they are doing here this evening at the

    Black Firefighters Hall to bring Hidden Colors 3 to us here in Milwaukee,says Benjamin Watson. I am extremely excited about tonights showing andlook forward to receiving the knowledge, he adds. Released June 26, with select premier viewings nationwide, Hidden Colors

    3: The Rules of Racism is the third in a series of what has now become anongoing documentary of films conceived and directed by Tariq Nasheed andproduced through King Flex Entertainment out of Los Angeles.Hidden 3 follows the highly acclaimed Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of

    Melanin released December 6, 2012 and the first installment, Hidden Col-ors: The Untold History of People of Aboriginal, Moor, and African Descenthitting screens around the country on its April 14, 2011 opening date.I enjoyed so much Hidden Colors 1 and 2, said Raymond Terry shortly

    before the start of the film. He shares that he is, happy to know that there isa Hidden Colors 3 and I hope there will be a Hidden Colors 4. There is somuch information and knowledge about us that has been distorted and hidden.I am just delighted to be here and very much look forward to this eveningspresentation of Hidden Colors 3.In setting the stage for this third installment, Nasheed reveals that, There

    has never been a real dialogue in American about race because whenever westart to talk about race, the conversation will venture into, Whats wrong

    By Taki S. Raton

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    Hate Groups Have No Place In LawEnforcementOr Do They?

    For those who believe we have evolved intoa post-racial society where hate groups arenow part of our collective past, think again.Hate groups are flourishing across the nation and its members are seemingly everywhere in-cluding local police departments. Two police officers with the Fruitland Park Police Departmentnear Orlando, Florida are no longer with the department because they were linked to the Ku KluxKlan.

    Deputy Chief David Borst resigned from the Fruitland Park Police Department on July 10, afterit was alleged that he was affiliated with the KKK, the racist, hooded white supremacist groupthat terrorized African-Americans for decades with cross-burnings, fire-bombings and lynching,starting in the 1860s.(Borst, also the towns fire chief, resigned that post, too.) After the statesDepartment of Law Enforcement and the FBI conducted an initial probe, Police Officer GeorgeHunnewell was also fired after it was alleged he, too, was associated with the KKK.

    Shouldnt police departments vet their officers more carefully? It seems to me that more thor-ough background checks would reveal hate groups in a persons past. The FBI found out aboutBorst and Hunnewell.

    It can find out about others. Borst, a cop for more than 20 years, denied any involvement withthe KKK. Still, the Florida State Attorneys office is investigating all arrests that Borst and Hun-newell were associated with to determine if racial prejudice played a role in their policing.

    In an odd twist, according to the Florida Sun Sentinel, Hunnewell claims he was working un-dercover to expose racism within his own department.

    Hunnewells ex-wife Ann, formerly a secretary with Fruitland Park police, claimed she and herformer husband were assigned to infiltrate the Klan undercover by befriending another officer al-leged to be a Klansman, according to the Sun Sentinel.

    They never told anyone and had no documentation for the operation, but insisted former po-lice Chief Mark Isom could corroborate their story.

    Really? This story sounds shady at best. Consider this: The situation involving Borst and Hun-newell marks the second time in five years that Klansmen have been found in the Fruitland ParkPolice Department. In 2009, Officer James Elkins resigned after photographs showed him wear-ing in a white robe and hood, and he later admitted he was a leader of the local KKK.

    We cannot nor will we tolerate any philosophy that is inherently morally corrupt or one thatespouses bigotry or any intolerance aimed at any groups or individuals because of their race, re-ligion, ethnicity or gender or sexual orientation, City Manager Gary La Venia told reporters.

    This city is diverse, tolerant, its a welcomingcommunity.

    Given the disturbing pattern in the Fruit-land Park Police Department, how many other closet KKK members are serving as police officersin departments down South and across the country? According to The Southern Poverty LawCenter, which tracks hate groups and hate crimes, there are currently 939 known hate groups op-erating across the country, including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, neo-Confederates,racist skinheads, black separatists, border vigilantes and others. There are 58 hate groups inFlorida alone, which is second in the nation behind California with 77.

    Since 2000, according to The Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate groups has in-creased by 56 percent. The surge has been fueled by anger and fear over the nations ailingeconomy, an influx of non-white immigrants, and the diminishing white majority, as symbolizedby the election of President Barack Obama, the nations first African-American president.

    Florida Chief Deputy State Attorney Ric Ridgway told the Orlando Sentinel that the report con-tained a lot of fairly substantial evidence that tends to support Borsts and Hunnewells Klanmembership. But he added that its not illegal to belong to the KKK even if you are the deputychief.

    Its not a crime to hate people. It may be despicable, it may be immoral, but its not acrime, he said.

    At least one top cop in Fruitland Park, however, is playing down the controversy. Since Ivecome here, Ive been very, very hardcore and very strict on bringing this from the old culture intoa new professional culture, Police Chief Terry Isaacs told The Southern Poverty Law Center. Iveset strict guidelines as far as our ethics go, diversity training. I dont allow any joking, any com-ments. Im very strict on that. I was somewhat shocked. I did not expect that in 2014 We havenot had a racial complaint since Ive been here.

    Maybe not. But its hard to believe that a police chief who oversees a 12-man police depart-ment in a tiny town of 5,000 residents didnt know that two of his officers were linked to theKKK.

    Isaacs turned a blind eye or he has terrible investigative skills.In any case, its time to rid the nations police departments of racism, whether it comes wear-

    ing a hood and robeor not.What do you think?

    GUEST COMMENTARYBy Michael H. Cottman,

  • The Milwaukee Community Journal July 23, 2014 Page 4

    RELIGIONRELIGION Religious Quote: Every word of God ispure: He is a shield unto them that puttheir trust in him.--Proverbs 30:5 PPOLITICSOLITICS&&GGOVERNMENTOVERNMENT

    C i t y C o u n t y S t a t e N a t i o n a l

    Granchildren rememberYvonne Coleman as a faithful Christian who caredfor her neighborhoodBy Alexis and Alesha SolomonGrandchildren ofYvonne ColemanYvonne Coleman was truly a remarkable woman. Her

    selfless actions helped her to become the strong womanand incredible leader she was. More importantly she wasa woman of God.She always amazed everyone around her with her pos-

    itive attitude and strong faith in God. Her loving, gener-ous and kind spirit touched everyone she met. For many years, our grandmother was a foster parent

    to dozens of children and adopted three. She was a strong leader and huge blessing to people in

    the community. She sheltered and fed many homelessmen without asking for anything in return.Her church, New Fellowship Missionary Baptist

    Church, recently recognized her 25 years of selfless workwith a Strength and Courage Award this month. As our grandmother had gotten older she faced many

    obstacles. For example, she took complete care of her sonour

    uncle, who was severely injured in an accident. Twelve years ago, she was diagnosed with Multiple

    Myeloma bone cancer, which resulted in a dramatic de-crease in her health. Despite fighting through years of dialysis, she re-

    mained strong. Her positive attitude and faith in God

    amazed everyone around her.As time passed, her illness worsened, paralyzing the

    bottom part of her body. Though our grandmother con-tinued to fight, the pain became more severe. As the Godly, good-hearted woman she was, she con-

    tinued to stay positive. Our grandmother remained spir-itual; and despite the overwhelming obstacles she facedwith her health, she read her Bible every night. She wasan extraordinary Christian and inspirational woman.Psalm 23- favorite scriptureThe LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.2 He

    makes me lie down in green pastures,he leads me beside quiet waters,3 he refreshes my

    soul. He guides me along the right paths for his namessake.4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me ; your rod and

    ,your staff, they comfort me.5 You prepare a table be-fore me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint myhead with oil; my cup overflows.6 Surely your goodnessand love will follow me all the days of my life, and Iwill dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

    Pastor James L. Allen Senior, (shown above) founder,senior servant,leader of New Fellowship MissionaryBaptist Church holds the plaque he presented toColeman for her faithful service to the church andneighborhood she lived in. (Photo By Yvonne Kemp)

    Yvonne Coleman

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    Ask God for wisdom!The scripture readings assigned for this

    coming weekend are: 1Kings 3: 5-12, Psalm119: 57-130, Romans 8:28-30, and Matthew13: 44-52.The reading from 1 Kings gives us the

    wonderful story of Solomon asking God notfor long life, nor riches, nor the life of his en-emies, but for understanding, for wisdom. And God's promise was to give him a

    heart so wise and understanding that hewould stand out as the wisest person up tothat time and even into the future. Solomonwas a wise man. But, like us, who have been given wis-

    dom, we let our ego get in the way of truewisdom and do foolish things. Solomon was no saint. Nor are we, but the

    constant prayer we ought to utter is to seektrue wisdom.

    The author of the Epistle tothe Romans has captured the essence of wis-dom when he says: "We know that all thingswork for good for those who love God, whoare called according to his purpose." The way I have been putting it over the

    years is: "it is not what happens to you thatis important; it is how you handle what hap-

    pens to you." If we are prayerful and allow the Spirit of

    God to take possession of us, then what hap-pens, good or bad, with be seen in perspec-tive and as passing. With this in mind, the Gospel reading can

    be seen as a way of life for the wise personwho does take every event, emotion, life sit-uation and handles it with the realization thatit is the how not the what.Jesus tells us what the kingdom of heaven

    is like and how we are to search for it. One commentator suggests we substitute

    "God's love for us is like" in place of thekingdom of heaven is like. I like that.If we keep our eye on the reality of how

    much we are loved, in spite of our own crazi-ness and selfishness, we will center our lifeon the love of God for us and then, all ourthoughts and actions will be imbued withwisdom and we will see the love of God fornot only ourselves, but for all, even those wereally dislike or even hate.The love of God is like a treasure buried

    in a field, a merchant searching for a pearl,and a net thrown into the sea that collects fishof every kind. In each case the "love of God' will compel

    us to seek it, to do what we must do to haveit and keep it. And how do we keep it? By giving it

    away, freely, generously, wisely."Let your compassion come to me that I

    may live, for your law is my delight. For Ilove your command more than gold, how-ever fine." (Psalm 119)It is not what happens to you that is im-

    portant; it is how you handle it. Come, LordJesus.

    BREADIN THE WILDERNESSBy Fr. Carl Diederichs,All Saints Catholic Church


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    Religious Quote: Every word of God ispure: He is a shield unto them that puttheir trust in him.--Proverbs 30:5 PPOLITICSOLITICS

    &&GGOVERNMENTOVERNMENTC i t y C o u n t y S t a t e N a t i o n a l

    City of MilwaukeeCompletely Repeals Taxi CapCouncils unanimous vote implements 2013 court orderthat found cap unconstitutionalCITY HALLLast year Judge Jane Carroll of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court declared unconstitutional the

    city of Milwaukees law imposing a cap on the number of taxicabs in the city. This morning the city finally compliedwith that order when the Common Council voted unanimously to completely lift the cap on how many taxicabs mayoperate in the city. In lifting its cap, Milwaukee becomes one of the freest cities in the nation for drivers looking toenter the taxicab market.The new law requires taxis to comply with basic health and safety requirements such as inspections and minimum

    insurance coverage. Long-time cab drivers like Ghaleb Ibrahim and Jatinder Cheema have been waiting for this dayfor years. In 2011, Ibrahim and Cheema joined a coalition of other cab drivers and the Institute for Justice, a public-interest law firm, in filing the lawsuit that resulted in todays Common Council vote.This is the culmination of a long struggle against an oppressive and unconstitutional system said Institute for

    Justice Attorney Anthony Sanders. It used to be that because of the government-imposed cap, a Milwaukee taxicabcost more than a house. Taxi entrepreneurs can now afford to keep their house and open a business, too.The law also offers a path for services such as Uber and Lyft to be recognized and licensed, increasing transportation

    options in Milwaukee.The former cap, implemented by the city in 1991, caused the price of a taxi permit to rise from $85 to over $150,000

    on the secondary market. Under the law, the number of cab permits was fixed at about 320. However, in response tothe cabbies court victory, the city voted last November to lift the cap on the number of cabs by 100. Then, this morn-ing, the city moved to lift the cap altogether.The unconstitutional cap is no more, said Cheema. Now, after driving in the city for more than a decade, I

    finally have the right to open my own cab company without having to buy permission from someone else.Despite todays victory for aspiring cab operators, the struggle for taxi freedom in Milwaukee is not over. The ex-

    isting taxi owners, who have enjoyed the protectionism offered by the citys cap for over 20 years, are not goingaway without a fight. They have vowed to sue to prevent the cap from being repealed. The Institute for Justice andits clients stand ready to intervene in any lawsuit that seeks to prevent the city from lifting the cap and to have thelawsuit dismissed.The Institute for Justice has helped open taxi markets in Denver, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Minneapolis, and

    for more than 20 years has been the nations leading legal advocate for the rights of entrepreneurs. For more information on the lawsuit to open Milwaukees taxi market, visit

    Sheriff & 10thAssembly District Candidate ForumTuesday, July 29thA County Sheriff & 10th Assem-

    bly District Candidates Forum willbe held Tuesday, July 29th, 20146:30 PM, St. Martin de PorresCatholic Church, 3114 N. 2nd St.The forum is sponsored by MICAH(Milwaukee Innercity CongregationsAllied for Hope) and GrassrootsNorth Shore.Persons attending the forum will

    be given an opportunity to ask ques-tions of the candidates.The reason for sponsoring this

    forum Stated Rev. Willie Brisco,President of MICAH, is because thesheriffs race and the 10th assemblyDistrict race will be determined bythe outcome of the August 12th pri-mary. So the candidate forum is de-

    signed to encourage a high voterturnout on August 12th.The 10th Assembly District is the

    district that has been served by Rep-resentative Sandy Pasch, who is re-tiring from the position at the end ofthe current term. Candidates for the office of County

    Sheriff are Chris Moews and DavidClarke. The 10th Assembly Districtare David Bowen, Bria Grant, SaraLee Johnson, and Tia Tarhorst. For more information contact the

    MICAH office at (414)-264-0805.

    Council approvesminimum hourlywage ordinanceCITY HALL--On Tuesday, the full Com-

    mon Council adopted an ordinance (Coun-cil file #131627 - attached) establishing aminimum hourly wage of $10.10 for all cityemployees and employees paid under cityservice contracts.The $10.10 rate will be in effect for this

    year, and will then increase to $10.80 perhour -- as adjusted by the City Clerk onMarch 1, 2015 to what will be the federalU.S. Department of Health and HumanServices guideline for a family of 3.5 in the48 contiguous states. Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, chair of the Councils Ju-

    diciary and Legislation Committee, and the primary spon-sor of file #131627, said the citys previous living wagewas at $9.51 per hour -- the poverty guideline for a family

    of three. He said the Council considers the wage ap-proved today and the bump to $10.80 next year a signif-icant increase over the next two years. Approving this living wage ordinance, as it has been

    called, was the right thing to do, he said. The Counciland the city are taking a proactive and positive approachto ensuring decent pay for our workers. Our city is oneof the poorest large cities in the U.S., and it is our duty as

    city leaders to help improve the lives ofour citizens, and establishing this mini-mum wage requirement for city workersand others working on city-related andsupported projects is just one way we canhelp fight back against poverty whilehelping working families.

    Alderman Nik Kovac, chair of theCouncils Finance and Personnel Com-mittee and a co-sponsor of the wage meas-ure, said for far too many Milwaukeeans,working full-time also means living inpoverty. No one who works full-time

    should be doing so at a rate that will leave their family inpoverty, he said.The average family size in the Milwaukee area is 3.3,

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    Why IncumbentsKeep Getting ReelectedBy Lee H. HamiltonIts no news that Congress is un-

    popular. In fact, at times it seems likethe only real novelty on Capitol Hillwould be a jump in its approval rat-ing.So heres the interesting thing:

    nearly three-quarters of Americanswant to throw out most members ofCongress, including their own repre-sentative, yet the vast majority of in-cumbents will be returning to CapitolHill in January. In other words, Americans scorn

    Congress but keep re-electing itsmembers. How could this be?The first thing to remember is that

    members of Congress didnt get thereby being lousy politicians. They know as well as you and I

    that Congress is unpopular, andtheyre masters at running against it appearing to be outsiders trying toget in, rather than insiders who pro-duce the Congress they pretend todisdain.Just as important, incumbents

    enjoy an overwhelming advantage inelections. They have a large staff whose jobs

    focus on helping constituents.Theyre paid a good salary, so theydont have to worry about supportingtheir families while they campaign. They get to spend their terms ef-

    fectively campaigning year-round,not just at election time, and they areable to saturate their state or districtwith mass mailings.Incumbents get the honored place

    in the parade, the prime speaking po-sition, the upper hand when it comes

    Election Watch: Bria GrantOver the past two years, Grant has worked with Mil-

    waukee Public Schools (MPS) providing opportunitiesfor High School dropouts to connect with a diploma andprovide them paid work experiences in the community.Grant believes if education creates an environment

    where high standards are developed, children will growinto their gifts. By doing this, she believes, Milwaukee will have a

    more positive environment in which to teach youth notonly the basics, but also non-traditional subjects such ascivil rights, which will minimize the incidents leading tonegative encounters with the criminal justice system.

    Grants educational philosophy would also benefitparents as well. They will have a greater choice as towhere and how their education dollar is spent. On thesubject of social issues, Grant sees crime, unemployment,mental health, and foster care as being inner related. A certified foster parent who has raised several teens,

    Grant says problems in the foster care system can nolonger be swept under the rug. By identifying and addressing the needs of foster chil-

    dren, Grant says we can begin to heal their hurt so theycan successfully function within society. Noting the success of Milwaukees wrap-around pro-

    gram, Grant said greater resources need to be committedto foster care in order to successfully deal with other so-cietal issues, such as crime. Grant wants to create strong re-entry programs for

    those who were incarcerated that will give them a freshstart in the community. Grant believes Milwaukees crack epidemic of the

    1980s is now having an impact on the communitys levelof mental health, negaitvely impacting todays childrenand the development of their minds, as well as their bod-ies.The mental health situation in Milwaukee is more dire

    than we want to admit, especially in the Black commu-nity, said Grant.

    We have to get away from hidding the problem andbring it out into the open; make it possible for individualswith mental problems to have access to care.Surprisingly, Grant is in favor of the states conceal-

    carry law and open-carry, noting the law needs to bestrengthened. The law is for law abiding citizens. Criminals dont

    care about the law, Grant said. Individuals shouldcarry weapons to protect themselves and their homes. She added there is a need for a more stringent screen-

    ing process that takes into consideration the mental healthof those applying for concealed-carry licenses. Grant stressed there is a correlation between crime and

    jobs. Most people cannot obtain jobs in areas outsidethe city because the county transportation system doesnot extend that far. She believes that if the public transit system reached

    counties like Ozaukee and Waukesha, then more peoplewould have jobs and less crime would happen in the cityof Milwaukee, especially the Black community. She also believes there should be no discrimination

    against employees or future employees if they have acriminal record. Grant wants to establish programs totrain citizens with the soft skills needed to keep a job.She would also create an environment within the city--and the community--that would attract new businesses. It would also lead more youth and elders to come to-

    gether. Grant also stressed the need for increased home-ownership, which fosters stronger neighborhoods. Grants said the next representative should be firm in

    his/her convictions, but willing to listen and when nec-essary compromise for the greater good. When peoplesee you fight for them, they will come together andstrengthen each other. As representatives we should move away from politics

    and do what works best for our community. Fight for thepeople even if it means going against the script. --Thomas E. Mitchell, Jr. contributed to this story.


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    (continued from page 10Ald. Hamilton

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    etting into thegraduate programof your choice isa major accom-plishment that

    takes time, effort and commit-ment. Fortunately, the University of Wiscon-

    sin-Milwaukee (UWM) is here to help,through the Ronald E. McNair Postbac-calaureate Achievement program.Inspired by the late Ronald E. McNair, physicist and

    NASA astronaut, the McNair Postbaccalaureate Achieve-ment Program awards grants to universities that preparetalented undergraduate students for graduate school andeventually PhD programs na-tionwide. UWM is one of more than

    150 universities in the UnitedStates that offers this programto its undergraduate students. Many McNair scholars are

    the first in their families tohave attended college, andmost qualify as low incomeor Pell Grant eligible underguidelines from the federalgovernment. Matched with faculty men-

    tors, summer research oppor-tunities and application support, McNair scholars domore than complete the graduate school applicationprocess. They also build a research resume and sharpen the ac-

    ademic skills that competitive PhD programs look forwhen they recruit new doctoral students.In applying to graduate school, you will need to craft a

    compelling statement of purpose a personal essay de-scribing the motivations and qualifications that make youan excellent candidate for advanced study in your chosenfield. You will also need to line up recommendation letters,

    and complete a lot of additional paperwork. And all thiscomes after youve already done the hard work of re-searching what universities offer the program(s) you are

    looking for and identifying your top choices.In addition to this application process, a major prelim-

    inary examination, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) ,is required of most graduate school applicants. The exam youll need to take, and the qualifying scores

    required to get into your preferred graduate program(s),vary depending on whether youre applying for medical,law or business school, or an advanced degree in anotherfield.This is where UWM and the McNair program can help,

    according to UWM graduate Camille Ridgeway.The McNair program was amazing, says Ridgeway,

    who earned degrees in international studies and econom-ics this spring. It was one of the components of my un-dergraduate education that I valued most.A first-generation college student, Ridgeway set her

    sights on a foreign policy career early in her undergrad-uate education. As a McNair Scholar, she was paired with a mentor,

    UWM professor of economics Swarnjit Arora. Throughthat experience and an in-depth study of Foreign DirectInvestment (FDI) in the Middle East, Ridgeway chose

    economics as a second major. I learned to think of FDI as

    a gateway indicator that tellsyou everything you need toknow about the health of acountrys economic and polit-ical situation, says Ridge-way.The benefits of being a Mc-

    Nair Scholar continuedthroughout Ridgeways un-dergraduate career. Funded bythe U.S. Department of Edu-cation, the McNair Postbac-calaureate Achievement

    Program provides financial and academic support to stu-dents applying for doctoral study. Ridgeway says the programs ability to cover her grad-

    uate application costs, plus costs related to preparationand registration for the required GRE, helped get herthrough an expensive and time-consuming process. As-sistance in crafting her personal essay/statement of pur-pose was invaluable.These advantages research connections with top fac-

    ulty, graduate school preparation and application funding,graduate school visits and more are available to UWMMcNair Scholars. For more information, call 414-229-6538, or visit mc- The McNair program is located in MitchellHall Room 255 on the UWM campus.


    UWMSUWMSRONALD E. MCNAIRRONALD E. MCNAIRPOSTBACCALAUREATEPOSTBACCALAUREATEACHIEVEMENT PROGRAMACHIEVEMENT PROGRAMgives flight to the dreamsgives flight to the dreamsof students who are theof students who are thefirst in their family to first in their family toattend collegeattend college


    UWM graduate Camille Ridgeway

    As a McNair Scholar, she wasAs a McNair Scholar, she waspaired with a mentor, UWM propaired with a mentor, UWM pro --fessor of economics Swarnjitfessor of economics SwarnjitArora. Through that experienceArora. Through that experienceand an in-depth study of Foreignand an in-depth study of ForeignDirect Investment (FDI) in theDirect Investment (FDI) in theMiddle East, Ridgeway choseMiddle East, Ridgeway choseeconomics as a second major. economics as a second major.

    Community Advocates Public Policy InstituteLaunches Just Like You' Campaign asking Parents toPledge not to Smoke Marijuana in front of their Kids

    MILWAUKEE--Smoking marijuana is becoming lesstaboo in America as more and more states legalize thedrug. But marijuana is still illegal in Wisconsin and anew campaign recently launched by Community Advo-cates Public Policy Institute aims to make parents thinktwice about getting high when their children are around."The Just Like You' campaign features compelling vi-

    suals of children using toys to mimic their parents smok-ing marijuana, challenging parents to think about howtheir behavior impacts their children long-term," saidRobert Cherry, Director, Public Policy Institute.Research has found that parents smoke marijuana for

    a variety of reasons ranging from mood management torecreation, oftentimes when their children are around.But studies show that marijuana may be detrimental tochildren's developing brains. Furthermore, depending on the situation, marijuana use

    in the presence of minors can result in serious conse-quences like jail time, fines, and probation.The goal of the Just Like You' anti-marijuana cam-

    paign is to encourage parents to change their behavior byemphasizing that smoking marijuana in front of childrenis teaching that same behavior. The campaign goes a step further with a specific call

    to action, asking parents to pledge that they won't get higharound their kids. The pledge isavailable online on thecampaign's official web page

    "We are extremely excited about this thought-provok-ing campaign," said Cherry. "And we encourage parentsto visit the website and take the Just Like You pledge tohave aconversation with their kids about marijuana. Hav-ing that talk could make all the difference.The campaign emphasizes several key messages for

    parents, including: When you smoke weed, you teach weed You don't have to say "just say no." Just say some-

    thing Don't forget to explain the consequencesFrom July through the end of the year, the Just Like

    You campaign will use advertising and grassroots out-reach to educate the community about this important ini-tiative. For more information about the campaign, pleasevisit


    Compelling campaignseeks to change behaviorand engage parents

    One of the ads for the anti-marijuana campaign developed by Community Advocates.

    Research has found that parentssmoke marijuana for a variety of rea-

    sons ranging from mood managementto recreation, oftentimes when their

    children are around. But studies showthat marijuana may be detrimental to

    children's developing brains.

    A D V E R T O R I A L

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    POWERFULIts not easy to have the courageto make the best of a bad situa-tion and keep on keeping on.Takes a strong kind of woman toknow when she is being stabbedin the back by another woman,but she perse-veres regard-less of the evilthat otherwomen do.Its not fairwhen as awoman you have to be bothmama and daddy, cuz daddy justaint around.Bills keep rolling in, applianceskeep breaking down, but youstill find a way to get those shoesand that hair done!!! It is the smart woman thatcatches more flies with the honeyof her words, to get what shewants from her man, vs. lacking

    patience and being attitude prone.Collectively as women, we needto recognize that each of usstands alone as a strong womanno matter what we come upagainst in life.I once asked a close male friendto use one word to describe meand he saidPowerful. Thisspoke volumes to me.Let it speak volumes to you aswell, for every strong womanreading this is powerful in herown way.Sonya Marie BowmanIt Is What It Is

    POWER OF AWOMANI lift him up when he is down.I encourage her when she feelsdefeated.I coach themwhen theyneed to under-stand a life les-son.I share wisdomwith those thatseek guidance.I embrace himwhen he needs to be touched.I reminisce when we are feelingnostalgic.I laugh when I wont to cry.I forgive when I dont want toforget.I challenge myself when I dontfeel like competing.I seek Him when I need to be re-assured.I pray for those who want to seeme fail.I was created in Gods image -My strength comes from Hisgrace.Zelda CoronaVision Represents Faith

    Sista Speak...Sista Speak...Speak Lord!Speak Lord!STRONG WOMAN

    KALEIDOSCOPEKALEIDOSCOPEthe MCJ lifestyle & entertainment section

    Brain Brawn & Body, Wheaton Fran-ciscan Healthcare - St. Joseph Campusand WJMR Jammin 98.3 held their Sec-ond Annual Mens Health Night Satur-day, July 19, at Marquette UniversityAlumni Memorial Union. Approximately 400 people were in attendance

    including an All Star line-up of national and localcelebrities. They all came together to inform and inspire the

    Milwaukee community about the importance ofmens health, specifically addressing preventablehealth problems and early detection among AfricanAmerican men. Wheaton provided free healthscreenings to attendees. If men know better, theyll do better, said Eric

    Von, Founder of Brain Brawn & Body, a websitededicated to the health and wellness of AfricanAmerican men. Von served as MC for the evening. He added,

    Black men need to know that we experience dis-proportionately higher death rates in all the leadingcauses of death and we need to take action. Eric Ford, VP of Operations for Wheaton Fran-

    ciscan Medical Group opened the event with a gra-cious welcome to the crowd.

    Ford stated, Its important that men have a pri-mary care doctor who they see at least one time peryear. He added that nationally, 70% of men ages18-44 just dont go to the doctor and 10% ofAfrican American men do not have a primary carephysician. Having a primary care physician canhelp address health conditions such as prostatecancer, obesity, colon cancer or heart disease thatcan be easily prevented and treated with early di-agnosis, said Ford.Tom Joyner, Nationally syndicated radio person-

    ality, known as The Hardest Working Man inRadio, heard on Jammin 98.3, Monday throughFriday during morning drive time, along with localcomedian Marlin Hill brought fun and laughter tothe event while reminding the men that health isnothing to joke about. Former Professional Football Player, George

    Koonce Jr., PhD. delivered the keynote address. Apanel of Wheaton Franciscan Medical Groupphysicians and clinical experts discussed AfricanAmerican mens health trends and behavioralhealth issues. They also provided prevention and wellness ad-

    vice. The evening ended with a question and an-swer session - men talking to men - about theimportance of addressing health issues.

    If men know better, theyll do better!--Eric VonWebsite for Black mens health holds second annual MensHealth Night; National radio personality Tom Joyner keynotes

    Health & Wellness

    Caption: Panel -Eric Von, Founder of Brain, Ernest Colburn, RN Patient Care Supervisor, Wheaton Franciscan, St JosephCampus, Darryl Davidson, City of Milwaukee Mens Health Manager, Harry Lewis, LCSW Psychotherapist, Nena Stanley, MD, Adult (In-ternal) Medicine Wheaton Franciscan-ST. Joseph Campus, Orell Willaims, MD, (Internal) Medicine/Hospitalist Wheaton Franciscan Med-ical Group, George Koonce Jr., PhD, Former Professional Football Player (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)

    Nationally Syndicated RadioTalk Show Host Tom Joyner

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    If youre one of those Black individuals that ac-tually believe where you start is not important, Ican show you ten millions ways why it does mat-ter.What do you think the White community was

    doing while our ancestors slaved for nothing for300 years?They were building, on our ancestors backs, the

    strongest and most powerful country in modernhistory and today America represents the leader-ship of the world?America is the worlds leader in finance, man-

    agement, education, medicine, transportation,global trade, agriculture, manufacturing, technol-ogy, innovation, media, culture, and law govern-ment.Where you start matters! When we were finally

    freed from this vicious and barbaric system, mostof Americas institutions were already built ( and government, finance and banking, healthand education, etc.).

    Some say we were freed from bondage becausewe were no longer needed. When we were freed, we were penniless, uned-

    ucated, and stigmatized not just by White people,but by our own people as well. How many times have you heard that there are

    limits to what a Black person can/should be ableto do and to question this is, many times, consid-ered to be uppity? Many Black people bought into (hook, line, and

    sinker) the concept of BLACK INFERIORITY.We were indoctrinated in numerous ways in thebelief of BLACK INFERIORITY. Like many vic-tims, we bore the burden that this was our fault andwe were deserving of it (self-guilt). How many times have we heard how the victim

    is made to believe that they were deserving of themistreatment. Black man and woman, we must study how this

    happened to us. I believe this is one of the reasonswhy the issue has been allowed to be tabled. Broth-ers and sisters, I dont care what people are saying;

    we must take a page out of the Jewish commu-nitys mantra Never Again and Never Forget. Wemust never forget nor let anyone else forget whatwas done to us and we must begin to develop so-lutions that are truly designed to address both thestructural and emotional damage done to our peo-ple. From the period of 1865 thru 1940, wars, the in-

    dustrial revolution, Blacks were migrating to Northand begin to populate many of our urban centers(north, Midwest, and West).

    Blacks were still adjusting to and learning theAmerican system while fighting against alarminginequalities and for basic civil rights. During thisperiod, we had a number of our heroes who tookaction and began to SPEAK OUT against thesemany injustices. During this period, the Black community was

    terrorized violently by the KKK throughout thecountry, and by laws and practices that questionedthe concept of freedom supposedly achieved in1865.

    (continued from page 3)Were All Accountable to the Movement

    with Black people?He adds therefore that as a result, African American people have been con-

    stantly searching for the rules in America regarding racism; what are therules of acceptance by the dominant society; what are the rules in Americaso that Blacks will not have to experience racism.

    But every time we learn one rule, we are told those rules no longer applyand that now there is another rule. He would conclude moving forward inthe film that there are no rules for the dominant society to accept Black peoplecollectively as a group and that all the present rules and the structure of thissociety, are there to keep you marginalized.Hidden 3 cast members include director and co-producer Nasheed, le-

    gionary Hip-Hop artist, Nas, author Sharazad Ali, author and psychologistDr. Francis Cress Welsing, comedian and activist Dick Gregory, Dr. UmarAbdullah Johnson, national certified school psychologist, author and educatorDr. Joy DeGruy, author and lecturer Dr. Phil Valentine, author and Hip-Hopartist David Banner, Dr. Kaba Kamene (aka Booker T. Coleman), educatorand lecturer, comedian Paul Mooney, author and lecturer George Frazier, Dr.Carol Anderson, professor of African American History at Emory University,and Kahlil Gibran Muhammad, author and director of the Schaumburg Centerin New Yorks Harlem. The two-hour and 21 minute film slowly, methodically and very carefully

    sets the stage right at the beginning to explain the historical setting of theBlack man and women in America under the veil of racism and White Su-premacy. So the narrative of Black people in the United States is that, you know

    you come from these primitive savage people who had no history and every-thing you are, we made you posits Anderson in the opening seconds, thenfollowed by Johnsons remarks:Strip the African of his knowledge of himself, you can then replace that

    knowledge with any falsification of consciousness that you desire. Once youtake from me my knowledge of myself, you can then tell me those lies.Upon being severed from the memory of our historical and ancestral foun-

    dations and further then being stripped of our true knowledge of self, the pathis thereby opened for the falsification of consciousness and prescribed con-ditioning at home, in the church, at school and in the broader society for set-ting of the lies and myths about both who we and who others are.

    The soil is then ripe for the seeds of racism and White Supremacy to beplanted within the total realm of our existence here on the kidnapped shoresof North America.Racism is what we are all living and breathing 24/7. There is never a mo-

    ment, a second, a minute, an hour, a day in a year for the past 500 years whererace has not been a dominant reality, says Welsing.In its exploration of the dynamics of racism and marginalization, Hidden 3

    divides the film into seven outlined discussion of rules from Rule Onethrough Rule Seven followed by a presentation of Solutions. Such rules include respectively: Keep People Confused as to What Racism

    Is; Keep the Positive Contributions of Black People Hidden; Do Not AllowBlack Women and Children to be Exempt from the Effects of White Su-premacy; Use Compromising Blacks to Maintain White Supremacy; The

    Black Population Must Always Be Controlled; Minimize the Effects and Sig-nificance of Slavery and Jim Crow, and Create Policies to Keep Blacks Eco-nomically Non-Competitive.In watching Hidden 3, you get a clear understanding of what racism and

    White Supremacy is and how it affects us on a daily bases, and not just herein America, but around the world, says Adelabu.Marquis Wilburn at the conclusion of the viewing shared that, It was ab-

    solutely fantastic. I think that by far, Hidden Colors 3 is better than Hidden1 and 2. Hidden 1 and 2 were both great. Hidden 3 was exceptional.Kwabana Falson says of the film that, I think every African And African

    loving person should have Hidden Colors 3 in their own personal library andto make sure that they and their children take time to see it, internalize it andmove forward to implement the solutions of which are spoken at the conclu-sion. It was just an awesome film.High school freshmen Nisea Thurman-Wamubu at the Firefighters Hall po-

    sitioned that Hidden 3 will have a real impact on her. I see a whole lot ofhow the system works and how it stereotypes Black students. Unlike a lot ofmy fellow peers, I have a strong sense of self love. So this film is very ben-eficial to my growth.Rev. Nathaniel Stampley says that, It is an excellent educational tool that

    must be shared with all Black people not only in America but around theworld. And businessman Terrance Johnson shares that the rule that stoodout for him were the comments on economics. I was drawn to the analysis of keeping Blacks economically non-compet-

    itive. One of the main points that I was left with is that as a community, wemust learn to pull together our resources and our capital. We can sit aroundand talk all day. But until that money and resources unite in our best collectiveinterest, nothing will happen.And from this writers Thursday evening Harambee Radio & TV Men-

    Think broadcast network, Carlos Carr from Community Talk Radio out of

    Omaha, Nebraska messages in an email response that, Hidden Colors 3 isthe best of the series as it is focusing in on the real crux of our problems,White Supremacy and racism. If you do not understand White Supremacyeverything else will confuse you.And Anikwa Adekunle in Chicago says that, Hidden 3 was so well done

    that even my six-year-old nephew could understand all of the rules.But she adds that, I would say that Hidden 3 appears to be the best be-

    cause we were able to understand it so well and so readily due to the founda-tion laid by Hidden Colors 1 and 2. Yes indeed, our children and all AfricanAmericans here in 2014 should see this film.Milwaukees marathon viewing of Hidden Colors 3 will again be shown

    Tuesday, July 29 at two locations the Wisconsin African American WomensCenter, 3020 West Vliet Street and the Wisconsin Black HistoricalSociety/Museum, 2620 West Center Street. Both showings will start promptlyat 6 p.m. And bring your children.A panel discussion on Hidden 3 will be held the following Saturday from

    2 to 4 p.m. at the Wisconsin African American Womens Center. Additionaldetails will be forthcoming at the Tuesday marathon events.

    (continued from page 3)

    Hidden 3 deemed so fantastic that evena six-year-old could understand the film

    world. She has been a corporate leader for

    more than three decades, enjoying adistinguished career with companiessuch as the Xerox Corporation and S.C. Johnson Wax, where she was amarketing executive and the firstAfrican-American and one ofyoungest women promoted to brandmanager.Her service in Alpha Kappa Alpha

    Sorority began when she was initi-ated in 1978 at Benedict College, ahistorically black college and univer-sity in Columba, South Carolina. Sherose along the ranks from chapter

    president to Central Regional Direc-tor, International Secretary, Interna-tional First Vice President and nowInternational President. She has also served as Secretary

    and First Vice President of the Hous-ing Foundation and the EducationalAdvancement Foundation, whichawards more than $100,000 in schol-arships and grants annually.An Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

    Life Member, she was the charteringpresident of Upsilon Mu OmegaChapter in Milwaukee, Wisconsinand later organized the chaptersnonprofit Diamond Jubilee PearlsFoundation.

    In addition to her years of serviceto the sorority, Buckhanan Wilson isa member of The Links, Inc., the Na-tional Council of Negro Women andthe Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.Buckhanan Wilson holds an MBA

    from Clark Atlanta University andgraduated with honors from BenedictCollege, where she received a bach-elors degree in business adminis-tration and economics. She has two children: daughter

    Courtney Renee, a 2014 SpelmanCollege graduate and member ofAlpha Kappa Alpha, and son QuintonCharles, a Hampton University sen-ior.

    Buckhanan Wilson new internatlpresident of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority(continued from page 1) I am humbled and ex-

    cited by the opportu-nity to lead AlphaKappa Alpha Sorority.Its membership in-cludes distinguishedwomen who boast ex-cellent academicrecords, proven leader-ship skills, and involve-ment in their localcommunities throughadvocacy and service.

    Audience watches scene from the latest installment of the HiddneColors series, Hidden Colors 3. (Kemp photo)

    Oshi Adelebu (standing at right) talks about the film Hidden Col-ors and the need to know our history. (Kemp photo)

    I dontknow whatthe futuremay hold,but I know

    who holds the future. --Rev. Ralph Abernathy,friend, confidante and aide toRev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    to raising money; challengers have tofight for visibility and money.

    In fact, challengers are at a disadvan-tage at almost every point in a campaign.From building name recognition to ar-ranging meetings to building credibilitywith editorial boards, donors, and opinionleaders, theyre trudging uphill.But theres another reason incumbents

    keep getting re-elected thats also worthconsidering: voters thats you and me.

    Most Americans dont vote, and thosewho do often cast their ballots for narrowor unusual reasons. They like the way they got treated by

    the incumbents staff, or they shook his orher hand at a county fair, or they like hisor her stand on a particular social or eco-nomic issue. Whatever the case, they dont look at an

    incumbents entire record: votes on across-section of vital issues; willingnessto work with members of different ideolo-

    gies and backgrounds; ability to explainWashington back home and representhome in Washington; skill at forging con-sensus on tough policy challenges.Its really no mystery that incumbent

    members get re-elected. Their advantagesare baked into the system.Lee Hamilton is Director of the Center

    on Congress at Indiana University. Hewas a member of the U.S. House of Rep-resentatives for 34 years.

    (continued from page 5)WhyIncumbentsKeepGettingReelected

    so by raising the minimum for every person who works for acompany which contracts with the city to a rate consistent witha family size bigger than our average, we are increasing the buy-ing power and quality of life for workers and the children ofworkers in Milwaukee, Alderman Kovac said.Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, a member of the Councils Fi-

    nance and Personnel Committee and also a co-sponsor of the

    measure, said the Councils action today is in step with PresidentObamas national move to increase the minimum wage. Withadditional money in their pockets workers can buy more goodsand services, which helps their families and also helps stimulateour local economy, she said.The other co-sponsors on file #131627: Alderman Michael J.

    Murphy; Alderman Robert J. Bauman; Alderman Tony Zielinski;Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II; and Alderman Jos G. Prez.

    (continued from page 5)Minimum hourly wage ordinance approved

    On Sunday, July 27, Toles Jr. and Weston will be inducted intothe Yesterday's Negro League Hall of Fame at the Mother KathrynDaniels Center located at 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way on thegrounds of Milwaukee's Holy Redeemer Church (COGIC), begin-ning at 1:45 p.m. The Brewers are once again partnering with theMKDC and the church as a sponsor of the annual induction cere-monies and other initiatives. This event is open to the public.

    In previous years, the Brewers honored outfielders George Alt-man and Lonnie Harris (2013); pitcher/utility player Mamie"Peanut" Johnson and outfielder Porter Reed (2012); pitchers Char-lie "Whip" Davis and Johnny Washington (2011); pitcher OllieBrantley and first baseman/outfielder Clinton "Butch" McCord(2010); infielder Harold "Buster" Hair Jr. and catcher James "JimP" Tillman Sr. (2009); pitcher Eugene 'Dick' Scruggs and first base-man James 'Red' Moore (2008); and outfielder W. James 'Jim' Cob-bin and catcher Arthur Hamilton (2007) as they were inducted intothe Yesterday's Negro League Hall of Fame. During the Brewers'first Negro Leagues Tribute in 2006, Buck O'Neil, James Sandersand Dennis Biddle were each honored.

    The Milwaukee Bears, the city's 1923 representative in theNegro National League, played only one season before disbandingbut featured some of the game's most influential men, includingHall-of-Fame player/manager John Preston "Pete" Hill.

    (continued from page 2)

    Brewers host ninth annualNegro League Tribute at Miller Park July 26

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