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The “R-word”—Reparations

June 25, 2020

I think I heard the word “reparations” for the first time while I was a college student at Northwestern University (NU) in Evanston, Illinois. However, it was not in the classrooms of that admittedly proud, prestigious (and pricey) institution. It was through the Black Student Union on campus, officially known as “For Members Only” (FMO),… [Read More]

Breaking myths about black fatherhood this Father’s Day

June 18, 2020

The inaccurate perception that African American families are devastated by absent fathers that need to return to their responsibilities informs policy and law formulation in a variety of harmful ways. By Saeed Richardson On Jan. 15, 2018, Community Renewal Society’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Faith in Action Assembly featured an Illinois gubernatorial candidate forum…. [Read More]

A congratulatory message to the Wisconsin graduating class of 2020

June 11, 2020

Dear Graduates, I want to take this moment to congratulate all of the Graduates of the Class of 2020. What you have accomplished during this unprecedented time in our nation’s history is nothing short of miraculous. Each one of you have already exhibited ‘a lot’ of what it will take to be successful as you… [Read More]

One suggestion to stop the killing

June 11, 2020

Another day in the USA, another act of murder. As usual the murder led to marches and protests about the treatment of African American males in the USA. The latest murder to lead to these type of events is the George Floyd killing by a police officer. The USA has been in turmoil for the… [Read More]

Justice for Colin?

June 11, 2020

By Jacquelyn D. Heath Since the tragic murder of George Floyd at the hand (make that knee) of a Minneapolis police officer, people in the United States have been on a sojourn of soul searching to get on the right side of the future as far as race relations are concerned. After more than 400… [Read More]

Who is next?

June 11, 2020

By Gwen Moore The pain, suffering, and tragic murder of George Floyd will forever be burned into our country’s memory. “I can’t breathe” will forever echo in our ears. Because it’s not the first time. I think of Earnest Lacy who was killed at age 22 in 1981, and remember my son who attended a… [Read More]

Now is the time for racial justice

June 4, 2020

By: Ellen M. Gilligan President and CEO, Greater Milwaukee Foundation There are two public health crises in America right now. One is quite recent. One has been afflicting us for generations. Racism is our nation’s oldest sin and most vile disease, and I am grief-stricken that we are again mourning more black lives lost and… [Read More]

How long, O Lord, how long?

June 4, 2020

The words of King David that appear in Psalm 13 of the Old Testament echo in the hearts of American people of color today: “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in… [Read More]

Resurrection of the economy

May 28, 2020

The US economy has been in a state of flux for years. There have been several mini-crashes on Wall Street since the Great Depression. None of these has been as severe as the impact COVID 19 has had on the US economy. The situation became so critical that the US government sent out stimulus checks… [Read More]

Sit this one out

May 14, 2020

There is a storm brewing in the USA. On April 24, 2020 Wisconsin had one of the biggest protests against stay at home orders because of COVID 19 in the country. The political lines are being drawn over the COVID 19 pandemic. Many of these lines will be etched into the psyche of the USA… [Read More]