The community is invited to a birthday celebration in memory of the late Milwaukee Courier social journalist Mattiebelle Woods, to be held on Saturday, October 23, from Noon-3 p.m. at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center St. The community event is sponsored by AT&T and the Milwaukee Courier.
“Mattiebelle loved life. Her memory has lived on and will continue to live on in the minds and hearts of those who knew her. Mattibelle Woods was known as the First Lady of the Black Press, it’s just fitting to celebrate her birthday with the community,” said Jerrel W. Jones, president of the Milwaukee Courier Newspaper.
Mattiebelle was born on October 31, 1902 and was the oldest working journalist in the nation at the time of her death in 2005. She was 102.
A scholarship in the name of Mattiebelle Woods will be presented to a local organization to benefit youth, an unveiling of a portrait created by visual artist Reynaldo Hernandez, an electric slide dance tribute, food, music and fun, all the things that make for a great celebration in remembrance of a grand woman.