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13th Annual King Fest celebrates Dr. King’s 85th Birthday

January 23, 2014

The 13th Annual King Fest – A Service of Celebration and Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was held at the Wisconsin African American Women’s Center, 3020 W. Vliet Street on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The event theme was “Remember, Celebrate, On Black Self-Love, Re-Educate Ourselves to Dr. King’s Dream for… [Read More]

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]

The future of bus service and mass transit in Milwaukee County: A community conversation

January 17, 2014

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Veolia Transportation, one of the participants in the now stalled bid to operate the Milwaukee County Transit System, held one of two community forums on the future of Milwaukee’s mass transit system at Coffee Makes You Black, located at 2803 N. Teutonia Ave. The conversations included a review of best… [Read More]

Billions served, while workers remain underserved

January 17, 2014

By: Raina J. Johnson Special to The Milwaukee Times In more than 100 cities across the nation, December 5, 2013 was a worker day of action. Fast food workers stood together to show solidarity in their efforts to raise the minimum wage and get their fair share from the billion dollar corporations that employ them…. [Read More]

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]