Five Black college grads on the road to success

June 19, 2015

unnamed (1)By: Brenda Sheppard-Nelson


The 2014-2015 school year documents a great academic milestone for many graduates across the country. From California to New York and from Wisconsin to Texas, families have been celebrating the academic accomplishments of their children. As a single mother, I am blessed to be among this group of proud parents.

There are countless stories about young African American males who come to strategic ends and then the point is revealed that they were raised in single-mother households. But you seldom hear about the single mothers, grandmothers or greatgrandmothers that are successful in the task. I have a story that has not been share enough. There are mothers who are not just successful with nurturing academic minds; they are influencing the development of strong African American young men. This particular group of mothers did not achieve this accomplishment alone. They had the support of God, families, Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, teachers, coaches, friends and the community. It is a story that must be repeated year after year.

My son Nathan Nelson (December 2014 graduate of Grambling State University, wearing the tie) returned home in May 2015 to celebrate the graduations of four best friends; Antonio Davis (University of WisconsinOshkosh), Vincent Coleman (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design), Lawrence Rabon (University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh) and Anthony Wright (University of Wisconsin – Madison). The pride I felt seeing five young men reached a major life goal cannot be duplicated. I am so proud of them and I am thankful for all their supports.

So, the next time you hear how young African American males cannot be successful; remember the “5 Milwau- kee Friends” who graduated from college…and who are products of Milwaukee Public Schools and Messmer High School. Remember their story and believe it can happen again and again.

Congratulations…You Make Us Proud!