National and Local News

Buying black: Inspiring a spirit of legacy in our youth

December 20, 2012

By Raina J. Johnson Special to the Milwaukee Times Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. Equal Opportunity Day. Yes, I know, there aren’t long lines, steep discounts or commercials for Equal Opportunity Day, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. On Thursday, December 13, 2012 the Milwaukee Urban League hosted its 53rd annual… [Read More]

Hearing the needs of the people

December 20, 2012

Supv. David Bowen reflects on his first 8 months on Milwaukee County Board By Dave Fidlin Special to the Milwaukee Times As a child of Jamaican immigrants, lifelong Milwaukee resident David F. Bowen grew up with a unique perspective on American democracy that he claims helped develop a strong work ethic. Bowen, elected to the… [Read More]

Gunman kills 27 at Connecticut elementary school

December 20, 2012

The country mourns in wake of another senseless shooting By Frederick H. Lowe On Friday, December 14, 2012 a gunman shot to death 27 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, in a rampage that President Barack Obama said has horrified the country. Police identified the gunman as Adam Lanza,… [Read More]

Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina to be first black Republican senator since 1978

December 20, 2012

Timothy Eugene Scott was growing up poor and black in Charleston, S.C., the son of a nurse’s aide who worked 16-hour shifts, when Strom Thurmond, who ran for president as the standard-bearer for segregationists, was at the peak of his powers in the Senate. On Monday, December 17, 2012 the congressman was named to fill… [Read More]

National Urban League: Reinstate assault weapons ban

December 20, 2012

Comprehensive review of all gun laws urgently needed On December 17, 2012, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial reiterated his call for a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, along with a bluestacks comprehensive review of all gun laws to close loopholes and strengthen enforcement. “When little children in their classrooms are… [Read More]

MPS sends thoughts, prayers to Connecticut

December 20, 2012

By Dr. Gregory E. Thornton, Superintendent Milwaukee Public Schools Dear MPS families, By now, you have probably heard about the tragic loss of life of students and staff at an elementary school in Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by Friday’s tragedy. I want to assure you that your child’s… [Read More]

TIME magazine names Obama 2012 person of the year

December 20, 2012

Time magazine on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, named recently reelected US President Barack Obama as its person of the year for 2012 — the second time it has accorded him the accolade. Obama now not only has a reelection as America’s first black president and a Nobel peace prize under his belt, but he beat… [Read More]

Remembering Those We Have Lost in 2012

December 17, 2012

MEEP educators mentor youth, encourage career exploration

September 20, 2012

The Milwaukee Exposure and Explorer Project (MEEP) held its third Annual Luncheon on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at the Four Points Sheraton in Brown Deer. The event featured entertainment and a raffle, as well as recognition of some of their adult mentors and youth participants and their parents. Pictured at the luncheon are MEEP board… [Read More]

McDonald’s helps students start the school year with tasty freebie

September 20, 2012

To mark the new school year, the 124 McDonald’s Restaurants throughout Southeastern Wisconsin offered one free full-size Fruit & Maple Oatmeal to all students from 6 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. To take advantage of the one-day offer, students were required to be accompanied by an adult or show a student I.D…. [Read More]