Kathy Gaillard Archives

Come Alive October Five …let’s do it again

September 30, 2021

MHSI helps residents register to vote By Kathy Gaillard, freelance contributor Forty years ago Pamela Clark, Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. (MHSI) corporate communications specialist, accompanied her Uncle Obediah Reynolds as he went door-to-door in Chicago registering people to vote during Harold Washington’s bid for Chicago mayor. That highly successful voter registration initiative helped ensure Washington’s… [Read More]

Victory Garden is a win for the Harambee Community

July 15, 2021

Kathy Gaillard freelance contributor Victory Garden Initiative (VGI), located in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood, is a non-profit organization that helps communities grow their own food and creates a community-led, socially just, environmentally sustainable, nutritious food system for residents. With offices located at 249 E. Concordia Ave., and its garden located at 220 E. Concordia Ave., the… [Read More]

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – All of Us

July 1, 2021

By Kathy Gaillard freelance contributor July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It was first formally recognized in May 2008 by the late Bebe Moore Campbell, a best-selling author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate. Campbell passed away from cancer at the young age of 56 but not before witnessing the devastation of identifying,… [Read More]

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center—A Hidden Gem

May 27, 2021

By Kathy Gaillard, freelance contributor Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is an independent, locally supported partner of the National Audubon Society. Located at 1111 East Brown Deer Road, it is one of the most visited attractions in Milwaukee. With reasonable admission prices, engaging and interactive programs for children and adults, meeting rental space, and pristine nature… [Read More]

“All Of Us’’ May – Stroke Awareness

May 20, 2021

By Kathy Gaillard Freelance contributor Dora Chambers was leaving home, on her way to the store, when she lost her footing and fell halfway down the steps. She assumed she was alright, got into her car and drove to the store. When she returned home, she called the doctor’s office because she felt a ‘little… [Read More]

An unexpected blessing

April 29, 2021

By Kathy Gaillard Freelance Contributor While she never knew him, Michael (Mike) Anthony Bowen, a Roman Catholic deacon, husband, father, and esteemed litigator with a prominent Milwaukee law firm, unknowingly changed the trajectory of Cynthia Perkins’ life. Deacon Mike succumbed to pulmonary hypertension on January 19, 2021, but from all accounts, he lived life large,… [Read More]

You can’t pour from an empty cup

April 15, 2021

By Kathy Gaillard freelance contributor Many of us have had to adjust to a ‘new normal’ whether learning to work from home, tutoring our children, or using technology platforms to ‘meet’ virtually. Some of us have also had to juggle our schedules AND those of our children or other loved ones. The coronavirus has stretched… [Read More]

National Kidney Month

March 25, 2021

By Kathy Gaillard When Walter Cook was 15 years old and weighed in at only 106 pounds, one of the ‘church mothers’ pulled his mother aside and suggested she take him to the doctor to determine why he wasn’t growing. That doctor’s visit probably saved Cook’s life. His mother was informed that both her son’s… [Read More]

Dr. Gregory Williams – first Black male president of the Sunrise Rotary Club

October 15, 2020

By Kathy Gaillard Special for the Milwaukee Times Dr. Gregory Williams came from a long line of accomplished trailblazers. His grandfather, William Womack, was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen; his father, grandfather and uncle all earned doctorate degrees— overcoming the obstacles and challenges of their time to do so. Williams, who completed his undergraduate… [Read More]

Tabernacle Community Baptist Church names first woman senior pastor Rev. Dr. Donna Childs

October 8, 2020

By Kathy Gaillard Special for the Milwaukee Times Proverbs 22:6 (ESV) tells us to “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” That counsel was more than a notion for Mother Gleneva and Deacon Martin Childs, Sr. Thanks to their obedience, Rev…. [Read More]