by President and CEO Dr. Eve M. Hall
June 19, 1865, began as any other June day had for nearly 250 years for enslaved people in Texas. Hot and humid, it dawned as another day of back-breaking and humiliating work. Another day of being labeled property; another day of freedom denied, despite the Emancipation Proclamation which had gone into effect January 1, 1863.
But that changed forever when U.S. Major General Gordon Granger - newly arrived in Galveston, Texas - issued General Order No. 3 on June 19, 1865. It informed the people of Texas that all enslaved people were free! Celebrations broke out among the newly freed across Galveston and Texas as the word spread.
The proclamation was likely made even sweeter because soldiers under Granger’s command enforcing this order included members of the United States Colored Troops, Black soldiers whom President Abraham Lincoln credited with helping to secure the Union.
The announcement of freedom is only part of the Juneteenth Day story. General Order No. 3 also boldly expanded on the declaration of freedom declaring, “This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves…”
Words written 156 years ago have yet to be fulfilled. With our partners, Milwaukee Urban League works towards that day of absolute equality, offering programs and support that empower communities and change lives. Juneteenth Day – which is now a federal holiday – gives us the opportunity to renew our commitment and to redouble our efforts to achieve the “absolute equality” Major General Granger called for on the first Juneteenth Day.
Our ancestors who celebrated on June 19, 1865, deserve nothing less than our unflinching efforts and unwavering devotion to equality for us all. We shall never forget.
Dr. Hall has held several leadership positions in education, nonprofit, and government in Wisconsin. Dr. Hall has served as president and CEO of Milwaukee Urban League since 2017. Prior to her leadership role at MUL, she served as president and CEO of the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, where she led the renewal of the organization. In 2021, Dr. Hall was inducted into Milwaukee Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame and was named one of their Executives to Watch. Dr. Hall has also been recognized by Milwaukee BizTimes as a Notable Minority Executive in 2021, and for her work in reviving the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin in 2015.
Dr. Hall participates on several major boards and initiatives including Downtown Rotary, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, VISIT Milwaukee, MKE United, and Milwaukee Succeeds. Dr. Hall recently completed a seven-year stint on the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. She is a co-founder of the African-American Women's Project Fund, created to support organizations that promote the well-being of women and girls. Dr. Hall earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Psychology from Florida A&M University, a Master of Science degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.
The Medical College of Wisconsin’s commencement ceremony will be broadcast on MCW's YouTube channel at 11 a.m. on May 21. Dr. Hall will be featured in the honorary degree segment. Additional information can be located on the MCW Commencement Webpage.
About the Medical College of Wisconsin
With a history dating back to 1893, The Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Central Wisconsin in. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In the last ten years, faculty received more than $1.5 billion in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,600 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than $2.8 million patients annually. MCW-Central Wisconsin partners with health systems in northern Wisconsin, including Aspirus, Ascension and Mayo Clinic and others, to train the next generation of physicians for the region.
About Milwaukee Urban League
The Milwaukee Urban League is an affiliate of The National Urban League. We lead through education and outreach, employment and empowerment, and advocacy to achieve economic vibrancy and equal access to all industries and disciplines that positions African Americans to create wealth and live a better quality of life. Milwaukee Urban League’s vision is to ensure that Wisconsin becomes a top 10 place for African Americans to live and thrive and where the greater Milwaukee area becomes a leader in education and socioeconomic inclusion. For more information, visit www.tmul.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @urbanleaguemke.
MILWAUKEE URBAN LEAGUE CO-CHAIRS ANNOUNCED FOR BLACK AND WHITE BALL
The hybrid event is scheduled for November 6th
Milwaukee, WI (May 3, 2021) - Two of Milwaukee’s most dynamic civic leaders will be co-chairs of Milwaukee Urban League’s 36th annual Black and White Ball on Saturday, November 6, 2021. The co-chairs are Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation, Cecelia Gore, and Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation, Blake Moret. Generously supported by presenting sponsor Rockwell Automation, the Ball will be a hybrid event, with a limited number of in-person guests at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, and others joining the event virtually.
“I am thrilled to represent Rockwell Automation as we sponsor this year’s Black & White Ball,” said Blake Moret. “The work that Milwaukee Urban League does for our community is always important, but never has this work been so critical as our nation and community continue to heal as we create a brighter future together.” Moret joined Rockwell as a sales trainee in 1985 and built his career with the company by holding multiple leadership positions at Rockwell. He is passionate about workforce development and creating a diverse worldwide team of employees that can and want to do their best work.
Moret serves on several national and local boards including PTC, Inc., the National Association of Manufacturers, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. He is also chairman of the Rockwell Automation Charitable Corporation.
Cecelia Gore is a life-long Milwaukee resident who currently leads the charitable arm of Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club. Prior to serving as executive director of Brewers Community Foundation, Gore led grantmaking and managed board relations for the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation. She has served on the boards of a variety of nonprofit organizations. She currently is on the boards of Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation, and Alverno College. She also serves as a director for C.G. Schmidt, a family owned/private construction company, and Town Bank, a Wintrust Community Bank.
“I grew up knowing about the great work of Milwaukee Urban League,” said Gore. “Being part of the continuing good work of Milwaukee Urban League is something I am committed to doing as co-chair of the 36th annual Black and White Ball.”
Sponsorships supporting the annual fundraiser are currently available. For more information, please contact Florida Perry-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual tickets are on sale now at MULBWB21.GIVESMART.COM.
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MILWAUKEE URBAN LEAGUE IS ALL !N TO SUPPORT THE INCREASE IN AWARENESS ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINE, AS A COLLECTIVE MEASURE TO STOP AND REVERSE THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF THE VIRUS ON COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
The “ALL !N” campaign launches in Milwaukee to inform, encourage, and identify the need for African Americans to consider the COVID-19 vaccine, in partnership with the National Urban League, NAN, NCBCP and the CDC
Milwaukee, WI (April 30, 2021) – Milwaukee Urban League, with the support of the National Urban League, in participation with a select 25 Urban League affiliate offices around the country, has joined forces with the National Action Network, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and the United States Centers for Disease Control to promote the “ALL !N” campaign to inform communities of color on the coronavirus vaccine, and encourage community members to take thoughtful consideration about receiving the vaccine.
About 41% of Black-owned businesses shut down in the first month of the pandemic, according to researchers, and with only 60% of those remaining expected to survive, the campaign also will shed broader light on how vaccination can serve as a remedy and help Milwaukee rebound from the devastating economic impact of the virus on communities of color. Additionally, as 30% of African Americans reveal that they do not want to be vaccinated, according to a poll commissioned by the National Urban League and The Alliance of National Psychological Associations for Racial and Ethnic Equity, the “ALL !N” campaign hopes to provide more insight to that 30%, including Milwaukee residents, to equip them with all of the information needed to make their best personal choice concerning the vaccine.
“Milwaukee Urban League is honored to be one of 25 cities selected by the National Urban League for focused action in several programmatic areas of ALL !N,” said President and CEO of Milwaukee Urban League Dr. Eve M. Hall. “Given the disproportionate impact on our communities of color, attention must continually be given to equitable access, distribution, and especially correct information on the coronavirus vaccine.”
This significant initiative was created to remind African Americans that collective solutions have served our communities best interest in the past when we have sought substantial change. The “ALL !N” campaign is a call to action for community members to consider the vaccine, and the trusted source for accurate information. As the National Urban League and its affiliate leaders are among the most trusted voices in Black communities around the U.S., the “ALL !N” campaign will unify African Americans to stand up against misinformation surrounding the vaccine and its distribution process, and to reject the false notion of intentional harmful agents in the vaccine, or intentional inaccessibility of the vaccine for people of color.
The campaign launched in cities across the country today and will run through the end of 2021. The campaign will include important updates, including spikes in COVID-19 cases and flu season awareness in the fall.
About Milwaukee Urban League
Milwaukee Urban League is an affiliate of the National Urban League. We lead through education and outreach, employment and empowerment, and advocacy to achieve economic vibrancy and equal access to all industries and disciplines that positions African Americans to create wealth and live a better quality of life. Milwaukee Urban League’s vision is to ensure that Wisconsin becomes a top 10 place for African Americans to live and thrive and where the greater Milwaukee area becomes a leader in education and socioeconomic inclusion. For more information, visit www.tmul.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @urbanleaguemke.
By: CBS 58 Newsroom
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Meijer announced Monday, April 5, it's investing $1 million in 19 Urban League chapters across the Midwest, including the Milwaukee Urban League and the Urban League of Racine and Kenosha.
“Meijer cares about the communities it serves, and we recognize that it takes time, dedication and thoughtful actions to make a positive difference,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We are dedicated to strengthening our D&I efforts and applaud the National Urban League’s commitment to provide economic empowerment, educational opportunities and the guarantee of civil rights.”
The $1 million contribution will be given to the following Urban League chapters:
“We are on a journey at Meijer, and believe this investment in these Urban Leagues will help bring a future of hope, equality and respect for our Black and African American communities,” said Tim Williams, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Meijer.
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“The 2020 Virtual Black and White Ball was a tremendous success, but with the growing availability of vaccines to prevent serious cases of COVID-19, we acknowledge that many in the community see an in-person event as an important milestone in returning to normalcy,” said Milwaukee Urban League President and CEO Dr. Eve M. Hall. “We look forward to welcoming, as we anticipate at this time, a limited number of individuals to an in-person celebration while others join us virtually. It is our hope that the number of in-person individuals can increase as more individuals are vaccinated.”
The Black and White Ball is Milwaukee Urban League’s largest fundraising event of the year and helps to support the organization’s programs in education, employment, advocacy, and economic development serving Milwaukee’s African-American community. The co-chairs for the event are Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation, the charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, and Blake Moret, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation.
During the pandemic, MUL has adapted its programs to online platforms to continue to serve community members seeking support and hope. In addition, the organization has successfully launched several initiatives and received support to grow its mission of Empowering Communities and Changing Lives. Efforts include the following:
Information for organizations wishing to help sponsor the Black and White Ball event is now available on Milwaukee Urban League’s website, www.tmul.org. For additional sponsorship information, please contact Florida Perry-Smith.
About Milwaukee Urban League
The Milwaukee Urban League is an affiliate of The National Urban League. We lead through education, employment, and advocacy to achieve economic vibrancy and equal access to all industries and disciplines that position African Americans to create wealth and live a better quality of life. Milwaukee Urban League's vision is to ensure that Wisconsin becomes a top 10 place for African Americans to live and thrive, and where the greater Milwaukee area becomes a leader in education and socioeconomic inclusion. For more information, visit www.tmul.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @urbanleaguemke.
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, February 18, 2021 – Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, the National Urban Leagueand the Milwaukee Urban League today announced a partnership to help the organizations expand their initiatives supporting employment, education, advocacy as well as equitable justice and democracy.
The partnership includes an investment of $2 million over three years.
“Johnson Controls is committed to partnering with non-profit organizations working for racial equity in our communities,” said Johnson Controls chairman and CEO George Oliver. “The Urban League’s 100- year history of dedication to economic empowerment, equality and social justice aligns with Johnson Controls’ values. We are thankful for their work and their vision, and we stand with them as they continue to collaborate with community leaders, policymakers and other corporate partners to elevate the standard of living for African Americans and other historically underserved groups.”
The investment will elevate and transform the Milwaukee Urban League’s capacity in scaling effective programs and services and advancing advocacy efforts on the critical issues facing the African American community and other underrepresented populations.
“Johnson Controls has been a strong champion for underrepresented communities in Milwaukee and an outspoken voice on racial justice and education,” Milwaukee Urban League President and CEO Dr. Eve M. Hall said. “We are excited about this newly focused partnership and transformative investment. Their long-time representation on our Board of Directors has made a difference.”
Johnson Controls’ partnership also will enhance National Urban League’s Equitable Justice and Digital Inclusion initiatives.
“Achieving a just and equitable economy that provides opportunity for all requires the commitment of forward-thinking and conscientious corporations like Johnson Controls,” said National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial. “I look forward to a successful and productive collaboration.”
Oliver added that the decision to partner with an historical civil rights and urban advocacy organization with more than 100 years of effective experience is part of Johnson Controls’ broad, strategic plan to foster impactful partnerships to support efforts to bring about social equity. Johnson Controls recognizes the pandemic has intensified the needs of communities of color in education, employment, health, and housing, and is committed to doing its part to meet these needs.
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Kellie Harris, Johnson Controls
Teresa Candori, National Urban League
Brianna Johnson, Milwaukee Urban League
About Johnson Controls:
At Johnson Controls, we transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play. From optimizing building performance to improving safety and enhancing comfort, we drive the outcomes that matter most. We deliver our promise in industries such as healthcare, education, data centers and manufacturing. With a global team of 100,000 experts in more than 150 countries and over 130 years of innovation, we are the power behind our customers' mission. Our leading portfolio of building technology and solutions includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, YORK®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, Penn®, Sabroe®, Simplex®, Ansul® and Grinnell®. For more information, visit www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.
About National Urban League:
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. The National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its 90 local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people annually nationwide. Visit www.nul.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @NatUrbanLeague.
About Milwaukee Urban League:
The Milwaukee Urban League is an affiliate of The National Urban League. We lead through education, employment, and advocacy to achieve economic vibrancy and equal access to all industries and disciplines that position African Americans to create wealth and live a better quality of life. Milwaukee Urban League's vision is to ensure that Wisconsin becomes a top 10 place for African Americans to live and thrive and where the greater Milwaukee area becomes a leader in education and socioeconomic inclusion. For more information, visit www.tmul.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @urbanleaguemke.
MILWAUKEE (Jan. 25, 2021) – The Milwaukee Urban League (MUL) is pleased to be the recipient of a $50,000 grant from Stella & Chewy’s, a pet food supplier based in Oak Creek, WI, for a transportation initiative that will help MUL clients who work in outlying areas. The L*A*S*T* Mile, which stands for Leading Access to Success Transportation program, is designed to provide Milwaukee Urban League clients with temporary transportation support in order to successfully obtain or maintain gainful employment.
“We recognized an immediate need. We looked at the numbers and realized more than 19 percent of city households lack access to a car,” said Dr. Eve M. Hall, President and CEO of MUL. “The goal is to remove transportation as one of the largest barriers to job access. We are thankful to Stella and Chewy’s for making our goal possible.”
The L*A*S*T* Mile Program is open to any Milwaukee Urban League client who successfully completes program participation requirements prior to job placement and has an identified transportation need. This program will provide transportation to specific employment partners that are not accessible by public or other transportation services. MUL will receive additional support from local owners Dawn and Kevin Minley of American Transit Team. The Brookfield-based transit company will utilize their van fleet to provide service for MUL clients.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Milwaukee Urban League on their new initiative that helps to address the transportation needs of those seeking and maintaining employment in the greater Milwaukee community,” said Marc Hill, CEO of Stella & Chewy’s. “We are proud to help more members of our community gain access to job opportunities.”
Milwaukee Urban League expects to launch the L*A*S*T Mile pilot initiative in February 2021 and encourages interested individuals to inquire early as space is limited. Despite COVID-19 plaguing the city of Milwaukee, MUL still offers virtual employment opportunities for individuals affected by the pandemic.
The Milwaukee Urban League leads through education, employment, and advocacy to achieve economic vibrancy and equal access to all industries and disciplines that position African Americans to create wealth and live a better quality of life. Milwaukee Urban League's vision is to ensure that Wisconsin becomes a top 10 place for African Americans to live and thrive and where the greater Milwaukee area becomes a leader in education and socioeconomic inclusion.
MILWAUKEE (Jan. 15, 2021) – The Milwaukee Urban League is pleased to announce our partnership with the Light the Hoan collective. On Jan. 18, 2021, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge will be lit with red, green and black from sunset to 2 A.M. The bridge is used as a symbol of pride and unity for the city of Milwaukee and is located on Interstate 794 in downtown Milwaukee.
“We’re excited to partner with the Milwaukee Urban League for MLK Day,” said Ian Abston, Co-founder of Light the Hoan. “This initiative has always been about more than just lights on a bridge. We are happy to shine light on this amazing organization in the community during these important times.”
Red and black are not only representative colors for Milwaukee Urban League; the three chosen colors are dedicated to the pan-African flag—symbolizing the African diaspora and celebrating Black liberation—a commemorative decision for civil rights activist Dr. King. Just last year, the Milwaukee Urban League celebrated 100 years of service. Our mission to lead and position African Americans in greater forms of education, employment and advocacy remain the same as we enter a new decade.
“We are truly appreciative to the Hoan committee for selecting us to bring light to one of the city’s iconic landmarks,” said Dr. Eve M. Hall, President and CEO of Milwaukee Urban League. “This collective effort honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and will highlight programming that compliments his work and ours as a community-based organization.”
The Milwaukee Urban League encourages those in need of support to take advantage of our beneficial programs. Offering GED and career path initiatives, virtual driver's education and virtual employment opportunities—we recognize our community’s need for our presence during these unprecedented times.
Wisconsin Urban Leagues unite with youth to increase the vote
Many young people in Wisconsin are not old enough to vote, but their messages can be powerful enough to influence the adults in their lives who can vote.
The Vote for Me video project is a nonpartisan voter education effort of the three Urban League affiliates in Wisconsin – Milwaukee Urban League, Urban League of Greater Madison, and Urban League of Racine and Kenosha.
The social media-based project features a diverse group of Wisconsin youth ages 10-17 in a series of short videos. The youth introduce themselves, discuss the issues important to them this election, and identify three adults they ask to vote for them. “Young people are not old enough to cast a ballot, but they do have opinions about the issues facing our country,” explained MUL president and CEO, Dr. Eve M. Hall. “In this video series, young people are able to find their voices, share their concerns, and remind the adults important to them that voting matters.”
The videos are being released in the four weeks leading up to the Tuesday, November 3rd election on the social media platforms of the three Wisconsin Urban League affiliates. At the end of each video, each young person encourages other youth to create their own videos, asking three adults in their lives to vote. Organizers hope that youth-created videos will help to spread the message about the importance of voting.
Milwaukee Urban League is an affiliate of the National Urban League and leads through education, employment, and advocacy to achieve economic vibrancy and equal access to all industries and disciplines that position African Americans to create wealth and live a better quality of life.
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