St Ann Center hosts ‘Inaugural Indaba African Ball’

February 6, 2020

Photos by Yvonne Kemp

On Saturday, February 1, 2020, St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care hosted the inaugural “Indaba African Ball: A Celebration of Heritage and Culture,” at the St. Ann Center Bucyrus Campus, 2450 W. North Ave. The event served to usher in Black History Month for St. Ann Center as well as served as a fundraiser for the Indaba band shell, located at the Bucyrus Campus. The event featured African and Caribbean-style hors d’oeuvres, a mini-African marketplace, raffles, tours, and an African dress fashion show. As part of the event St. Ann Center honored eleven outstanding local African American leaders with induction to their Hall of History Makers.

This year’s honorees included Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum founder Clayborn Benson (far left); Nō Studios Chief Operations Officer Lisa Caesar; Milwaukee City Treasurer G. Spencer Coggs (right); Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore; Milwaukee Urban League President and CEO Dr. Eve M. Hall (inset); Milwaukee Times Newspaper Publisher Lynda J. Jackson Conyers (center); Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Columnist Eugene Kane; Today’s TMJ4 Producer and Host Carole Meekins (left); screenwriter, television director, novelist, and showrunner John Ridley IV; The Sias Group Founder and President Thelma A. Sias; and Gee’s Clippers Owner Gaulien “Gee” Smith (far right).