Memories of the Black Excellence Awards

March 11, 2021

A Message from Lynda Jackson-Conyers

For the past 35 years during the month of February, The Milwaukee Times has chronicled the history of outstanding local African American leaders with a gala awards banquet at the Italian Conference Center. This year, we were forced to cancel the annual Black Excellence Awards due to COVID-19. This pandemic has extraordinarily disrupted our daily economic and social lives.

I would to take this time to thank our supporters who have contributed to our journey. We have shared stories of courageous, inspiring African Americans showcasing their achievements.

Black History Month is a perfect time to honor our wonderful and unique African American traditions. Every culture is rooted in its traditions. Traditions provide a way to honor its past, to preserve its values and beliefs, and to usher in its future.

This year, we featured these visionaries from distinctly different fields and backgrounds on the printed pages of past four Milwaukee Times publications. They represent the breadth and depth of great achievements. We are looking forward to celebrating with you in 2022 at the 36th Black Excellence Awards. So mark your calendar for Friday, February 25th as we continue our strong traditions and launch big dreams for a better tomorrow.

Pictured, the honorees from our first ever Black Excellence Awards back in February 1986.