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Local pioneers honored: Milwaukee prepares for Juneteenth with celebration of history and heritage

Milwaukee is home to one of the oldest known Juneteenth celebrations in the country, and this year marks the 50th annual Juneteenth Day festivities in the city. As part of the celebration, Northcott Neighborhood House and the Juneteenth Planning Committee hosted the 50th Juneteenth Anniversary “History and Heritage Meets Legacy and Promise” reception on June 11. “As we look at our golden 50th anniversary and working through a pandemic, we have so much to celebrate. We are thankful for those who have paved the way to make sure Juneteenth is still here in 2021,” said Tony Kearney, Executive Director...

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MCTS East-West BRT: Construction begins on new rapid transit corridor to facilitate economic equity

Federal, state, and local officials joined business leaders and members of the community at a special a groundbreaking ceremony on June 10, to kick off construction on the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS)’s East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and 27th Street. The first-of-its-kind undertaking in Wisconsin aims to provide improved access to the region’s most vital, most traveled, and most congested corridor. The nine-mile BRT route will allow MCTS to better connect major employment, education, and recreation destinations through downtown Milwaukee, Marquette University, Milwaukee’s Near West Side, Wauwatosa, and the Milwaukee Regional...

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Milwaukee Independent earns 40th Press Club award since 2016 with 10 honors for excellence in journalism

The Milwaukee Independent earned ten distinctions on May 19 from the Milwaukee Press Club for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism, during the virtual ceremony of its 2021 Gridiron Awards. The journalism honors follow the third year in a row of double digit recognition for the daily news magazine, in competition against all major media outlets in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin. Competition was more notable this year as traditional broadcast media organizations partnered to combine resources, and used online platforms to offset the pandemic’s impact. Founded in 1885, the Milwaukee Press Club is the oldest continuously operating press club in North...

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