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Lyle Oberwise: WWII experiences in Southeast Asia influenced decades of famous Milwaukee photos

The First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee hosted a special lecture on February 24 by Steve Schaffer, Assistant Archivist for the Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS), featuring a slide collection from the legendary urban photographer Lyle Oberwise focused on his World War II experience in the China Burma India (CBI) Theater. Based on the research done originally for a news article with Milwaukee Independent about 1945 Shanghai images, Schaffer created the presentation to encompass Oberwise’s wartime adventures. In 2003, Milwaukee County Historical Society acquired 43,000 color slides and B&W photos from collectors John Angelos And Marylin Johnson. The collection documents...

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Deanna Singh: Telling authentic stories of color as a force for social change

The African American Heritage Committee of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church hosted the fourth and final part of a month-long celebratory series on February 24, presenting advocates and music related to the African diaspora in Milwaukee. Recognized as a leading authority in building social enterprises within underserved communities over the past twenty years, Deanna Singh is the Chief Change Agent and Founder of Flying Elephant. Singh presented personal stories about her journey of self-discovery, and spoke about her first two books for children “I Am a Boy of Color” and “I Am a Girl of Color.” She shared observations and...

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Sande Robinson: Preserving the artistic contributions of Milwaukee’s African diaspora

The African American Heritage Committee of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church hosted the third of a month-long celebratory series on February 17, presenting advocates and music related to the African diaspora in Milwaukee. Speaking as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) and President of the African American Art Alliance (AAAA), Sande Robinson, BA, MEd presented a historical overview of African American art in Milwaukee. 2019 marked the 30th anniversary for The Alliance, also referred to a Quad A, and its mission to acquire works by African Americans for MAM’s permanent collection. It has...

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Annual Anime celebration blankets Milwaukee in Japanese costumes, culture, and cute

Wisconsin’s largest Anime and Japanese cultural event, Anime Milwaukee (AMKE), hosted its 12th annual gathering from February 15 to 17 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee and Wisconsin Center, welcoming more than 10,000 guests from the area, around the country, and overseas. According to an economic impact study by the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, VISIT Milwaukee, AMKE 2019 was expected to reach the $4 million mark of bringing revenue to the city. Attendees of the three-day tribute to Japanese entertainment traveled from across the Midwest, the United States, and internationally. Aime Milwaukee was founded by the Japanese...

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Chicken and Dumplings: Michelle Dobbs explores the healing power of creative identity

The African American Heritage Committee of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church hosted the second of a month-long celebratory series on February 10, presenting speakers and music related to the African diaspora in Milwaukee. The multitalented theatre performer, director, and playwright Sheri Williams Pannell hosted a special discussion with author Michelle Dobbs about her book and stage play of the same title, “The Rock Island Line: Conversations Over Chicken and Dumplings.” Williams Pannell will direct the production’s premier in April with the Bronzeville Arts Ensemble. The fictional novel published in 2012 was rooted in a personal history, and explored an African...

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Digital Bridge and Spectrum unveil plans for tech literacy curriculum to help families in need

Digital Bridge of Milwaukee joined Mayor Tom Barrett, Spectrum representatives, and leaders from area businesses and nonprofits on February 7 at a special event to unveil plans for a new initiative, referred to as “Bridge Milwaukee.” The effort will allow Digital Bridge to join forces with area nonprofits to provide an innovative program that combines digital literacy with access to high-speed broadband and a working device. The new initiative is supported through a $32,500 Spectrum Digital Education Grant and Digital Bridge’s partnerships with area businesses and community organizations. At the event, Digital Bridge announced initial agreements with City on...

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