Music mogul, urban renewal advocate Kenneth Gamble goes “On the Issues” to discuss community revitalization efforts

Kenneth Gamble

Kenneth Gamble

Universal Companies Chairman Kenneth Gamble will be the featured guest for an upcoming “On the Issues with Mike Gousha,”

Tuesday, April 22, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at Marquette Law School’s Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

Gamble is a legendary songwriter and producer who partnered with Leon Huff to create the “Philly soul” sound.

The duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

In the early 1990’s, Gamble turned his attention to revitalizing the South Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up.

He created Universal Companies, a not-for-profit community development and education management corporation that has invested millions in poor Philadelphia neighborhoods and opened a number of schools as part of a holistic approach to revitalization in mostly African-American communities.

Last year, the organization’s efforts expanded to open two new charter schools in Milwaukee.

During his visit to the Law School, Gamble will discuss his career, his company’s approach to reversing urban decline, and why Universal chose Milwaukee.

Gousha, an award-winning television journalist, is a Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy.

His “On the Issues” series of conversations with newsmakers supports Marquette Law School’s commitment to serve as a modern-day public square for the city of Milwaukee, the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

Through the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, public lectures by leading scholars and topical conferences — all open to the community — the Law School serves as a venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

Seating is limited; registration is available online.

For those who can’t attend in person, all “On the Issues” events are streamed live online at the following website, which also contains a catalog of past guests.

Media interested in attending should contact Chris Jenkins in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4745 or christopher.t.jenkins@marquette.edu.