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  • 16 Aug 2021 12:30 PM | Anonymous



    MILWAUKEE URBAN LEAGUE WELCOMES STUDENTS AND FAMILIES BACK-TO-SCHOOL

    Back-to-school event will offer various activities and a chance to receive the COVID-19 vaccine


    Milwaukee, WI (Aug. 16, 2021) Milwaukee Urban League and its generous sponsors – Great Lakes Coca-Cola, Target, Spectrum, Nosotros Hair Studio, Pretty Girls Are Educated, Sharp Literacy, Walgreens, and America’s Black Holocaust Museum – are partnering together to prepare students and their families for a fun and successful start to the 2021-2022 school year. MUL’s Family Back-to-School Bash will take place Saturday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind the MUL office building located at 435 West North Avenue in Milwaukee’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood.

    “Education is at the core of the mission of Milwaukee Urban League,” said Dr. Eve M. Hall, president and CEO of Milwaukee Urban League. “We are excited to host this back-to-school event for students and families and we look forward to aiding them as they prepare to start a new school year.”

    The family-friendly event will offer school supplies, various activities for students, education and employment placement services for adults, and COVID-19 vaccines will be available and distributed by Walgreens for individuals 12-years-old and older as supplies last. The event emphasizes MUL’s continued mission to lead through education, and the event sponsors represent the vast amount of support shown to the promising future of Milwaukee students.

     “Spectrum is proud to partner with Milwaukee Urban League to help ensure families have what they need to start the school year off right,” said the Director Government & Community Strategy of Charter Communications, Margaret Bailey-Stewart. “This is a great opportunity to support the communities where our employees live and work and to highlight our efforts to make internet more accessible and affordable through programs like Spectrum Internet Assist and the Emergency Broadband Benefit program.”

    Throughout this unpredictable pandemic, Milwaukee Urban League encourages those in need of support to take advantage of its beneficial programs. Offering GED and career path initiatives, virtual driver's education classes and employment placement opportunities—we recognize our community’s need for our presence during these unprecedented times.

    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.

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  • 29 Jul 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    VISIT Milwaukee Announces Dr. Eve M. Hall as Chair of the Board of Directors

    Steve Baas to Continue as Vice Chair; Omar Shaikh Concludes Board Service after Five Years

     

    MILWAUKEE (July 29, 2021) – VISIT Milwaukee announced yesterday that Dr. Eve M. Hall, president and chief executive officer of the Milwaukee Urban League, has been unanimously elected to serve as the next chair of the VISIT Milwaukee Board of Directors for a one-year term beginning yesterday, July 28. Her appointment was announced yesterday during the organization’s annual meeting at the Miller High Life Theatre, which was attended by more than 400 business leaders, elected officials, community members and representatives from over 130 partner organizations.

    “Dr. Hall is the right leader at the right time as VISIT Milwaukee accelerates our plan to return to record levels of travel and tourism,” said Peggy Williams-Smith, president of VISIT Milwaukee. “Her experience leading diverse member-based organizations, deep relationships within the business, civic and philanthropic communities, and proven ability to bring together solution makers will be of considerable value to advancing our region as a destination of choice.”

    As the image and tourism marketing organization for the greater Milwaukee area, VISIT Milwaukee is responsible for growing the local tourism economy, generating revenues for local business, increasing taxes paid by tourists and growing tourism-related jobs.  The chair of the Board of Directors volunteers their time to provide overall strategic direction to VISIT Milwaukee and advocate its mission to the community. The Board of Directors assists in developing the organization’s strategic plan and helps VISIT Milwaukee to achieve its goals through participation in committees and Board meetings. 

    “There are so many good things brewing in Milwaukee,” said Dr. Hall. “The Milwaukee Bucks’ championship run has certainly reignited the glow that once was dimmed thanks to the pandemic. But the momentum driving our community forward is fueled by so much more. Our neighborhood treasures, major community attractions, smallest shops and largest venues are reporting progress in their recovery. Yet there is much more to be done to make sure our region is truly a destination for all to live, work, play and, of course, visit. VISIT Milwaukee is essential to our progress as a community, and I’m thrilled to be working alongside our team and our board to rebuild a thriving, diverse and equitable economy and to welcome many more to experience this uniquely amazing community we call home.”

    Last year, Steve Baas was unanimously elected incoming chair of VISIT Milwaukee for 2020-2021, with Dr. Hall as vice chair. However, given the challenging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism and hospitality industries, the Board elected to not make a change during the middle of the organization’s and city’s multi-faceted response. With Dr. Hall now assuming the position as board chair, Baas was unanimously reelected as vice chairman of VISIT Milwaukee.

    “I’m thrilled to continue working alongside Dr. Hall, Peggy and the many talented leaders of VISIT Milwaukee,” said Baas. “Dr. Hall is a highly respected leader, unquestionably talented, and driven to make the Milwaukee area a ‘Region of Choice for All.’ Together our 600-plus partners, VISIT Milwaukee is playing a major role in leading our community out of the effects of the pandemic.”

    Saying Thank You to Omar Shaikh In addition to the business of the annual meeting, the gathering gave a resounding “thank you” to outgoing board chair Omar Shaikh, Milwaukee restaurateur and developer. The celebration included the City of Milwaukee officially proclaiming Wednesday, July 28, “Omar Shaikh Day.”

    Mr. Shaikh has served as a board member of VISIT Milwaukee for the past 10 years and as chair for the last five. Commenting on the future of the region, Mr. Shaikh said: “The work of VISIT is incredibly important to Milwaukee and our state. Businesses like mine and those of our partners rely on the VISIT Milwaukee team for their insights and expertise, as well as their creativity and dogged tenacity in marketing our region to conventions, businesses, planners, leisure travelers and others. During my 10 years at VISIT Milwaukee, I have come to realize how truly essential the organization is to our economy and the livelihoods of hundreds of entrepreneurs and business owners and tens of thousands of hospitality employees who work to make every visitors’ stay memorable.”

    About Dr. Eve M. Hall
    Dr. Eve M. Hall serves as the President and CEO of the Milwaukee Urban League and has been a board member of VISIT Milwaukee for the past three years. She is a native of Milwaukee, with work experiences in Wisconsin, Florida, and Washington, D.C. Previously, she served as the President/CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Milwaukee, where she led the renewal of the organization. Hall also served as Chief Innovation Officer for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, where she spent ten years in various national leadership roles impacting students and university/school district partnerships in several states. Other past leadership roles include Vice President of Public Affairs for Family Service of Milwaukee; Milwaukee Public Schools School to Work Administrator, reporting to the Superintendent; and Director of Governor Tommy Thompson’s Milwaukee Office.

    Hall is the cofounder of the African American Women’s Project Fund, created in 1999 and designed to provide support to organizations supporting the well-being of women and girls. The over-$200,000 fund is held in the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee. She earned a B.S. degree in educational psychology from Florida A&M University, a M.S. in administrative leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

    About VISIT Milwaukee 
    VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention and visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors in order to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 53,200 full-time jobs and brings more than $5.9 billion to the community. VISIT Milwaukee has over 700 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services, and area businesses. The Wisconsin Center District and Potawatomi Hotel & Casino are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call (800) 554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org

    Release originally sent by VISIT Milwaukee

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  • 6 Jul 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous


    Individual tickets now available for the Annual Black and White Ball
    Event returns as a limited in-person and hybrid mix

    Milwaukee, WI (July 6, 2021) - Individual tickets can now be purchased online for the 36th Annual Black and White Ball, Milwaukee Urban League’s largest fundraiser. The Black and White Ball will take place on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the Wisconsin Center, 400 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53203. The hybrid event, with a limited number of in-person guests, is generously sponsored by Rockwell Automation, the presenting sponsor of the event. A hybrid event allows individuals the option of participating via live stream from the comfort of their homes or attending in-person.

    “Milwaukee Urban League is delighted that we can return to a face-to-face celebration in 2021,” said MUL President and CEO Dr. Eve M. Hall. “While health precautions still cause us to limit the number of in-person attendees, I have talked to many individuals who see holding the event at the Wisconsin Center as an important return to normalcy. We can’t wait to celebrate the success of Milwaukee Urban League and to thank the generous organizations and individuals who make it possible for us to empower communities and change lives.”

    The theme of the 36th Annual Black and White Ball is We Are Hope in Action. Co-chairs are Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation, and Blake D. Moret, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation.

    Individual in-person or hybrid tickets can be purchased. The number of in-person tickets is limited; individuals wishing to attend in person are encouraged to purchase tickets now while supplies last. 

    A limited number of Black and White Ball sponsorships – which include in-person and hybrid tickets – are still available. For more information, please contact Florida Perry-Smith at fperrysmith@tmul.org.


    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.

  • 21 Jun 2021 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    State of Black America MKE virtual town hall features key experts and thought leaders.

    (Milwaukee, WI ●June 21, 2021) Milwaukee Urban League continues its’ series State of Black America MKE with a look at how employment and entrepreneurship will impact jobs and economic development. The virtual town hall – Intersecting Employment and Entrepreneurship: Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Pipeline – is Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from Noon – 1:15 pm. Individuals can register for the town hall by clicking here. The event is sponsored by Molson Coors Beverage Company.

    “Employment data shows resignation rates, even in mid-career and manager positions, have increased during the pandemic,” said Dr. Eve M. Hall, president and CEO of Milwaukee Urban League. “Some have even dubbed this time as the ‘great resignation’, especially among women and those in the healthcare and technology fields. At the same time, some individuals are using this time to create their own companies and opportunities. These factors are causing companies to rethink recruitment and retention to keep top talent.”

    A panel of local corporate, nonprofit and entrepreneurial leaders will discuss several areas: how the cross sections of employment and entrepreneurship and the impact this has on jobs and economic growth; how employment and entrepreneurship work together to drive the post-pandemic economy; and how the talent pipeline is diversified in a meaningful way.

    Panelists include:

    • Steven Brown, vice president of Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI), Molson Coors Beverage Company
    • Wendy Baumann, president and chief vision officer, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)
    • Ugo Nwagbaraocha, president, Diamond Discs International
    • Chytania Brown, president and CEO, Employ Milwaukee, Inc.
    • Giacomo “Jack” Fallucca, chairman of the board & CEO, Palermo’s Pizza
    • Nancy Hernandez, Hispanic Collaborative president, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC)

    The first State of Black America Milwaukee in 2020 examined the statistics that impact outcomes in Milwaukee African-American community and discussed ways to address the issues. More than 500 individuals participated to the virtual event.


    About Milwaukee Urban League

    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.

  • 18 Jun 2021 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    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.

  • 20 May 2021 2:30 PM | Anonymous



    Medical College of Wisconsin awards honorary degree to Milwaukee Urban League president

    Milwaukee, WI (May 20, 2021)
    – Milwaukee Urban League President and CEO, Dr. Eve M. Hall, is receiving an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. The award will be presented at the Medical College's commencement on Friday, May 21, 2021. Dr. Hall is being recognized by the Medical College of Wisconsin for her contributions improving Milwaukee's African-American community.

    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.

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  • 3 May 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous



    Contact:

    Brianna Johnson
    bjohnson@tmul.org


    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 fperrysmith@tmul.org. Individual tickets are on sale now at 
    MULBWB21.GIVESMART.COM.

    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.

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  • 30 Apr 2021 1:00 PM | Anonymous



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT:         
    Brianna Johnson
                                   bjohnson@tmul.org

    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.

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  • 22 Apr 2021 4:30 PM | Anonymous


    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:

    • Akron Community Service Center & Urban League in Cleveland
    • Chicago Urban League
    • Columbus Urban League
    • Fort Wayne Urban League
    • Grand Rapids Urban League
    • Indianapolis Urban League
    • Lorain County Urban League in Cleveland
    • Louisville Urban League
    • Milwaukee Urban League
    • Quad County Urban League in North Chicago
    • Southwestern Michigan Urban League
    • Tri-County Urban League in Central Illinois
    • Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan
    • Urban League of Greater Cleveland
    • Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio in Cincinnati
    • Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County
    • Urban League of Northwest Indiana
    • Urban League of Racine & Kenosha
    • Urban League of Springfield in Central Illinois

    “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.

    To read the full article, click here.

  • 12 Mar 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous


    Contact:
    Brianna Johnson
    bjohnson@tmul.org


    Affair returns with plans for limited in-person attendance; and features a virtual option!


    Milwaukee, WI (March 12, 2021) - One of Milwaukee’s premier social events will again be an in-person gala featuring fashion, fun and music! Milwaukee Urban League’s 36th Annual Black and White Ball will be held Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Generously supported by presenting sponsor Rockwell Automation, the Ball will be a hybrid event with plans for a limited number of in-person guests at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee along with others joining the event virtually.

    “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:

    • Established a partnership with Johnson Controls and National Urban League through a $2 million grant to support employment, education, and advocacy as well as equitable justice and democracy efforts.  
    • Established, The L*A*S*T* Mile, a temporary transportation support program for MUL clients working or seeking employment in outlying areas. The program is funded by Stella and Chewy’s, an Oak Creek-based pet food supplier.
    • Transitioned the popular Driver’s Permit Class to online.
    • Secured a grant from the National Urban League for non-partisan efforts to increase voter participation in the 2020 election. The grant supported the “Vote for Me” program, a collaboration with Urban League of Greater Madison and the Urban League of Racine and Kenosha.
    • Awarded a grant from National Urban League, “Project Wellness: Vaccine Equity, Hesitancy, & Uptake Initiative” to advocate health equity and access.
    • Awarded a $250,000 grant from National Urban League, “Project Ready Mentor Program” to mentor and support 250 students ages 11-18 over the next five years.

    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.

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