• Obituaries

    Nelson Mandela passes: World mourns South Africa’s first black president

    January 17, 2014

    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918 – 2013 South Africans are mourning the death of the man who led the fight to end the system of apartheid and then went on to lead the country itself. “We will always love Madiba for teaching us that it is possible to overcome hatred and anger in order to build… [Read More]

    Milwaukee community says farewell to “Great Mother” Ruthia M. Brookens

    January 17, 2014

    Services were held November 2, 2013 for Ruthia M. Turner-Brookens, known as “The Great Mother,” at St. Mark A.M.E. Church, 1616 W. Atkinson Avenue, Milwaukee, where she had been a member since 1950. She was also a member of its gospel chorus for almost 50 years. Proclamations were issued by Governor Scott Walker, Mayor Tom… [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]

    In Tribute To Those We Have Lost in 2013 pg2

    January 15, 2014


    In Tribute To Those We Have Lost in 2013

    January 15, 2014

    Noted education reformer and civil rights activist Lauri J. Wynn passes away at the age of 83

    January 15, 2014

    Determined, driven and dedicated to her community are just some of the traits used to describe Lauri J. Wynn, who has engaged in a lifelong passion to nurture and empower youth, adults and communities across the nation. She is widely known for her work in education, public, political and human arenas as an organizer, leader,… [Read More]

    Obituaries Dec. 26, 2013

    January 15, 2014

    Ella Jean Washington, noted music teacher and director, dies

    October 3, 2013

       Ella Jean Washington, well-known Milwaukee music teacher and director, died on Wednesday at the age of 74 at Froedtert Hospital.  Mrs. Washington graduated from North Division High School and UW-Milwaukee with the Bachelor and Masters degrees. She taught at North Division High School, Robert Fulton and John Burroughs Middle Schools prior to becoming a… [Read More]