MPS Board honors late Milwaukee Times Founder Nathan Conyers

July 5, 2018

Photo by Yvonne Kemp

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors presented recently deceased Milwaukee Times founder and publisher Nathan Conyers (inset) with the Excellence in Education Award at its regular monthly board meeting. Mr. Conyers was commended for his decades of service to the journalism profession and to the community at-large, as well as his support of journalism education. It was his belief in the positive aspects of Milwaukee’s African American community that lead him to help create The Black Excellence Awards, now in its 34th year; and The Louvenia Johnson Scholarship Fund, which has awarded more than $500,000 to Milwaukee area, college-bound, high school seniors since 1988. Several members of the Milwaukee Times team were on hand for the presentation at MPS Central Office, including (pictured from left) Dorothy Clay; Black Excellence Awards co-chair Shirley Sharp; Nathan’s daughter and associate publisher Morgan Conyers; Chassidy Lewis; current publisher and Nathan’s widow Lynda Jackson Conyers; marketing staffer Carmen Murguia, Black Excellence Awards co-chair Viola Hawkins; Black Excellence committee members Sherry Hill and Mary Leach-Sumlin; and Milwaukee Times editor Jacquelyn Heath.