Milwaukee’s Black Referees represent at Juneteenth

July 1, 2021

Photo by Yvonne Kemp

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, the Milwaukee Chapter of the Midwest Minority Officials Association (MMOA) took part in the 50th Annual Juneteenth Celebration to talk to people about the need for Black referees. The MMOA was founded by Sam Williams, Lamarr Franklin, and Ron “Doc” Fancher in 1989 because the Milwaukee City Conference was lacking minority men and women officials. Celebrating 32 years, MMOA Milwaukee Chapter has trained and developed more than 70 individuals, with 15 working the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) state tournament, D1 and D2 college games, and many area grade school games.

Pictured (from left) are MMOA Milwaukee Chapter Executive Secretary and Social Media Marketing Pam Alexander; MMOA Milwaukee Chapter President Barney Hall; and Tallendra Carson MMOA Milwaukee Chapter Historian and the first minority female to officiate the WIAA state tournament in 2002.