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By Graham Kilmer
On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
It was a call for justice and equality. It was a harangue for freedom. Many answered King’s call for change. That spirit lives on today.
All over the country, people fight for the rights of others. Here in Milwaukee, there are organizations that strive to better the lives of those who have spent so long with so little opportunities afforded to them.
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Major Dan Jennings, Salvation Army Divisional Commander for Wisconsin & Upper Michigan, will give the invocation at the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Celebration. Salvation Army volunteers will also be on hand serving free hot chocolate to guests. The event will be held on Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Milwaukee’s Dr. King celebration is only one of two nationally that is still held …
By Mark Mone
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Graduation and recognition ceremonies at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (UWM) are the times when you hear some of the most inspiring student stories of the year.
Commencement on Dec. 14, 2014, was no exception. Nearly 2,100 students were eligible to participate in our graduation ceremony, with 300 of those students also eligible to participate in UWM’s Honors Convocation the week before.
Combine these students with those who graduated last spring, and there were more than 5,400 students who earned their degrees from UWM in 2014.
That is …
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By Karen Stokes
Hundreds of Milwaukee area residents and protesters gathered on a cold, wintry, Friday afternoon in downtown Milwaukee to rally in support of a fight for justice lead by the family of Dontre Hamilton, and to hear inspiring words from the family and civil rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson.
“We are the leaders of the new civil rights movement,” said Nate Hamilton, brother of Dontre Hamilton, on the steps of the federal courthouse.
“We are the future, we are the beginning. We will continue to fight; we will continue to stand …
By Eelisa Jones
The Milwaukee community continues its search for 18-year-old, Stephanie Myles.
Myles was last seen on Dec. 13, 2014 as she left her residence.
Olivia Coates, Myles’ mother, said that her daughter was making a quick errand to a Walgreens on 85th and Brown Deer Road.
At that time, Myles was wearing a grey and pink hat, black pea coat, white blouse, light blue pants, and “wheat” tan Nike ACG shoes. Myles’ hat had the nose, whiskers, and eyes of a cat design (without ears).
Myles is approximately 5’3, 135 lb. She has …
By Taki S. Raton
The Word Chess Organization defines a Chess Grandmaster as the highest title a chess player can attain. Once achieved, the tile is held for life.
A native of St Andrews, Jamaica and currently a Joint Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center and MIT’s Media Lab, Maurice Ashley in 1999 became the first African American to achieve the Grandmaster title.
Following in this proud path as paved by Ashley, Our YG&B profile this week has as his goal to become the first and youngest American-born Black Grandmaster and the first to …
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By Eelisa Jones
Milwaukee Public School’s Three Choice Process enrollment will begin next month.
Parents and guardians will be able to submit their top three school choices for their children at school locations or online (for selected sites) from Feb. 2nd through Feb. 20th.
Milwaukee Public School (MPS) officials announced that parents and guardians have the best chance of enrolling their children in their first-choice schools if their applications are submitted by deadline. Online applications are available at mpsmke.com/enrollmps.
In addition to the traditional public school, many parents and guardians will have the option …
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month
By Cheryl L. Dejewski
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S., especially for African- Americans.
In fact, black Americans have a 6-8 times higher risk of developing glaucoma than whites, and a recent study found that one in five black Americans age 75 and older has glaucoma.
Glaucoma is known as the “Sneak Thief of Sight” because the most common type is painless and progresses so slowly that most people don’t notice symptoms for years—until severe permanent damage has already occurred.
How can you protect yourself …
Sylvia Wingfield and Mark Pratt, Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95.
Brooke died of natural causes at his Coral Gables, Florida, home, said Ralph Neas, Brooke’s former chief counsel. Brooke was surrounded by his family.
Brooke was elected to the Senate in 1966, becoming the first black to sit in that branch from any state since Reconstruction and one of nine blacks who have ever …