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Wisconsin NAACP elects new conference officers

January 17, 2014

Wisconsin NAACP State Conference elected new officers on November 16, 2013, to represent the state of Wisconsin nationwide. Elected officers for 2013-2014 are: Lillie Wilson, President; Wendell J. Harris, Sr., 1st Vice President; Beverly Hicks, 2nd Vice President; Veronica King,  Secretary; Amara Weaver, Asst. Secretary; Yolanda Adams, Treasurer; and Boyce Velasquez, Asst. Treasurer. 

The disappearing American promise: Honest work, honest wage

January 17, 2014

By: Raina J. Johnson Special to The Milwaukee Times Earlier this year, in his State of the Union address, President Obama called to raise the minimum wage: “Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to… [Read More]

The three ways Martin Luther King, Jr., saved your soul

January 17, 2014

By Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. If you are reading this, Martin Luther King Jr., saved your soul. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as a leader and civil rights crusader is only a small fraction of his gift to the world. His enduring contributions are far greater and wider reaching for our shared experience and personal enlightenment…. [Read More]

Community steps up to help young families

January 16, 2014

Residents across Southeastern Wisconsin stepped up to help families with newborns and young babies by participating in an annual event that assists agencies that work with needy families. The Community Baby Shower is a project of WTMJ TV in partnership with Sentry Foods, United Healthcare and the Social Development Commission. On Friday, January 10, 2014… [Read More]

Black activist, poet-playwright Amiri Baraka dies at 79

January 16, 2014

Amiri Baraka died Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ at age 79. He was noted for being a militant individual and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture. Perhaps no writer of the 1960s and ’70s… [Read More]

The Dream, The Man, and His Legacy!

January 16, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. His grandfather began the family’s long tenure as pastor of the Ebenezer BaptistChurch in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father served from 1931 until his death in 1984,… [Read More]

Would-be business owners move one step closer to dream

January 15, 2014

Refugees who have the dream of starting their own business are closer to making that a reality. The participants of the Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Development Project are working to start their own home-based daycare businesses. The program designed to help refugees is a project of the Social Development Commission (SDC) in partnership with the Pan… [Read More]

Death toll from polar vortex climbs as frustrations mount and records fall

January 15, 2014

The deadly, record-shattering blast of arctic air known as the polar vortex plunged almost the entire country below freezing on Monday, January 6, 2014 and punished parts of it with much worse, including thousands more canceled flights and power grids straining as people cranked up the heat. All 50 states dipped below 32 degrees at… [Read More]

Newseum opens “1964: Civil Rights at 50” exhibit featuring powerful photographs of Freedom Summer

January 15, 2014

Student civil rights activists joined hands and sang as they prepared to leave Ohio to register black voters in Mississippi.The 1964 voter registration campaign was known as Freedom Summer. Photo Credit: Ted Polumbaum/Newseum collection WASHINGTON — On Friday, January 17, 2014 the Newseum will open “1964: Civil Rights at 50,” a yearlong exhibit about Freedom… [Read More]

Steering committee plans 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration

January 15, 2014

The 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, coordinated by the MLK Steering Committee, will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Uihlein Hall and highlight our youth who interpreted Dr. King’s works through art, speech and… [Read More]