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On Juneteenth Day 1988, America’s Black Holocaust Museum opened its facility in Milwaukee’s historic Bronzeville district. Thousands of schoolchildren and adults from around the world learned African American history within its walls. After its building was forced to close in 2008, ABHM reinvented itself as an online museum serving millions of global visitors each year. And now…
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The celebration will be held on Tuesday, April 4th behind the Garfield School building (2215 N. 4th Street) in the Bronzeville Neighborhood from 11:00am-1:00pm.
The program will feature Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, WHEDA Director Winston Wyman, as well as several Milwaukee artists.
Virgil Cameron, the son of ABHM Founder Dr. James Cameron, will also speak.
Maures Development Group, LLC, the only female and minority-owned development business in Wisconsin, is redeveloping almost an entire block of abandoned buildings. The $17.4 million project will transform the site into a vibrant mixed-use campus as a catalyst for the reestablishment of the historically black Bronzeville neighborhood’s culture and entertainment district.
The Bronzeville community was once a thriving African American economic and cultural hub. In the 1960s, however, hundreds of homes and businesses were demolished for the proposed Park West Freeway, which was never built. Subsequently, the once-thriving commercial corridor deteriorated, as property values plummeted and buildings fell into disrepair.
In Phase I, the school building will be reborn as the Historic Garfield Redevelopment Project, comprised of 30 units of high-quality, mixed-income housing. In Phase II, the adjoining vacant properties will be demolished and developed as the The Griot, a newly constructed building with 41 residential units and 8,000 square feet of commercial space.
The commercial space will house America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM), one of Milwaukee’s most revered cultural institutions, which shares the African American story as part of U.S. history and supports racial repair and reconciliation. The museum will re-open its doors in Spring 2018, and is projected to bring over 10,000 visitors annually into the Bronzeville neighborhood.
“The Garfield project and the re-emergence of the America’s Black Holocaust Museum are certain to be catalytic for the Bronzeville Cultural, Arts and Entertainment District,” stated Alderwoman Milele Coggs. The City of Milwaukee first identified the Garfield Project in its 2005 Bronzeville Cultural & Entertainment District Plan.
Located just a mile from major downtown investments, including the new Bucks Arena, the Historic Garfield redevelopment will help connect downtown’s growth to the Bronzeville neighborhood. The project is forecasted to create over 115 jobs through construction, property management and the museum. In addition, 40 city residents will receive on-the-job training through an innovative partnership with Employ Milwaukee and the Northcott Neighborhood House.
Maures Development Group, LLC, is a commercial real estate firm that has developed a reputation for innovative projects focused on historically neglected neighborhoods. From the onset, the company’s holistic strategies of combining new construction, sustainable features and social partnerships with neighborhood organizations have delivered Maures a multitude of praises for community impact.
*America’s Black Holocaust Museum is a program of the nonprofit Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation.
From: HuffPost Black Voices
Written by: Zahara Hill
In a recent post, “School Tries To Censor BLM Article. These Students Had The Final Say” Zahara Hill sheds light on young black voices taking a stand for racial injustice when two high school students’–Vanessa Mewborn and Ariana Coleman– yearbook article titled “Celebrating being American: Clarity on Black Lives Matter” was stripped of anything remotely related to Black Lives Matter.
“The article was titled “Celebrating being American: Clarity on Black
Lives Matter” and led with the question: “How do you feel about the Black Lives Matter movement?” The article included a picture of Mewborn, Coleman and two other young women with their fists raised as a message of black power.”
After submitting the a claim to American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the girls received news that the principles’ actions would be overridden. Hill quotes Mewborn and Coleman:
“It’s a reflection of who I am and who our ancestors have fought for us to be, to never give up, and to fight for what is right. There is nothing wrong with being proud of who I am and where I come from so yes, black lives matter. All lives matter. My voice matters.”
Read the full article here
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Recently, Google announced the beginning of a new program partnered with Howard University. The new program is part of an effort to recruit more young black minds and promote greater diversity in the engineering industry.
As The Grio writes in their article, “Howard has opened a campus at the Googleplex, called Howard West, ‘a physical space on campus where Howard students and Googlers can grow together,’ and hopefully will encourage diversity in a field that sorely needs it.”from Google/Justin Sullivan via Good Black News
This program stands as a step in the right direction, advancing the diversification of Silicon Valley while investing in the futures of young black men and women. Google has hopes to expand the program to other Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
To read more about the program, or for more information on Howard University and Google’s new partnership, head here.
Read more about the importance of community diversification and understanding past-to-present racial segregation here.
In the article “Jay Z and Harvey Weinstein to Bring Trayvon Martin’s Story to Film and TV,” culture reporter/blogger Sameer Rao highlights Jay Z Carter’s collaboration with producer Harvey Weinstein to create a narrative film and docuseries on the 2012 murder that lit the fuse of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“…Jay Z and The Weinstein Company won a bidding war for the rights to two books about Martin: Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin and Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It.”
“…the books will be adapted into a six-part documentary series produced by Jay Z. The Weinstein Company will co-develop the narrative feature film. These still-untitled projects are part of Jay Z’s two-year production deal with The Weinstein Company.”
Read about how another tragedy inspired Dr. James Cameron’s memoir here.
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In the article “#MissingDCGirls Finally Caught People’s Attention, but How Do You Bring Them Home?,” senior editor Yesha Callahan writes about the increasing number of African American teens that have been disappearing from the Washington D.C. area since February. Furthermore, she points to the lack of police efforts in addressing the possible causes of these disappearances.
“But where are the missing? Sure, as I said previously, some were runaways and do return home. But that can’t be true of all 22 people currently missing.”
“But with 22 teens reported missing over the last two months, that’s still 22 too many. And 22 too many to deny that there could possibly be an issue with trafficking in the area. I’m not an expert in sex trafficking, but one reason it’s plaguing the country is that these people move in silence. They’re your everyday police officers (see above) and average joes out here pimping young teens (and I’m not going to just say girls, because it happens to boys, too).”
See a video clip here.
Read More About the History of Human Trafficking in ABHM’s exhibit Kidnapped: The Middle Passage.
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Although often not covered in the media, the African immigrant community is facing mass deportations in the era of Donald Trump. While the immigration debate in the U.S. is often framed in terms of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America on the one hand and the infamous Muslim travel ban on the other, the issue is more complicated. As the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency conducts its sweeps on immigrant communities, African people are among those who are being detained and deported. While deportations were in no short supply under the Obama administration, these deportations are expected to soar under Trump, whose immigration ban on six Muslim nations includes three African nations — Libya, Somalia and Sudan. Trump also is clamping down on refugees and asylum seekers.
According to data from the Department of Homeland Security, in 2015, ICE deported 1,293 African immigrants. Since the 2016 election, the ICE raids on Black immigrant communities have intensified. For example, in January, 86 men and women were deported to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, after being detained and imprisoned, as Africanews.com reported. In November, 108 immigrants were deported to Ghana and 20 people also were deported to Liberia, while 53 others were processed for deportation. Earlier this month, ICE deported 130 people to Senegal, six times the number recorded by the agency in its 2016 report.
Read the entire story here
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(the Theta Zeta Chapter at Marquette University)
America’s Black Holocaust Museum
FILM SCREENING & TALKBACK WITH DIRECTOR
Sunday, March 26th – 3:00-5:30pm
MU’s Varsity Theater
1324 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Buy tickets online: $8/student (grade to grad) – $13/adult
(or $2 more at the door)
MU Students FREE with ID
ABOUT THE FILM: Pressed by his professors and peers at historically black Meharry Medical College, Eli Rosenberg must discover who he really is and what he truly values. A tale both moving and humorous about coming of age as a “fish out of water” in Nashville during the turbulent ’60s. Inspired by the true story of the first white student admitted to this august African American institution.
Winner of the prestigious American Black Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and
The film stars Keith David and Lamman Rucker, both stars of the currently running Oprah Winfrey Network series Greenleaf.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Aaron Greer was born and raised in Milwaukee and educated in Milwaukee Public Schools. His first feature film, Gettin’ Grown, won many awards, including the Audience Choice at the Milwaukee Film Festival, and is distributed by Warner Home Video. Greer is the Director of the Film and Digital Media Program at Loyola University in Chicago where he teaches film studies and production.
INTRODUCTION TO THE FILM: ABHM Griots Reggie Jackson and Dr. Fran Kaplan will give a brief talk about the relationship between Jews and HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), including their rescue from the Holocaust of dozens of Jewish refugee professors.
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From: Huffington Post Black Voices
Written By: Carla Herreria
In a recent post, “Horror Film About Racism Earns Coveted 100 Percent On Rotten Tomatoes,” Carla Herreria expresses critics’ reviews in a newly released horror film titled Get Out that frames racism as the central plot.
The author also quotes Jordan Peele:
“It just seemed to be a very taboo piece of the discussion to talk about something so horrific as racism in any type of genre other than a film about slavery or something.”
Finally, she quotes Variety critic Peter Debruge’s review:
“[The film] delivers ‘a gloriously twisted thriller that simultaneously has so much to say about the state of affairs in post-Obama America.’”
Read the full article here.
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In “My Black History: The Case for Black Art in an Anti-Presidential Era”, Maiysha Kai explains the power black art holds in the current political state of the United States.
She explains how, “The Black Arts Movement that followed was a direct response to the loss of our most prominent leaders of the 1960s, as well as our subsequent rejection of the desire to assimilate into any American culture invested in our marginalization. Even hip-hop has origins in the response of black and brown youths to a society that simultaneously disenfranchised and criminalized them en masse, the tenor of which would come to a head in the turbulent rise of “gangsta rap” in the 1990s.”
Kai explains how African American’s are empowered through their art; letting their art speak social change by being an “expression of resistance but also a visible and visceral expression of the human experience.”
With the loss of an African American President, there is widespread “post-black” and “post-racial” which in turn is leading to the “rise of black art in America.”
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To read the full article, check out The Root!