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Community Voices |  Eve Hall

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We sat down with Dr. Eve Hall, President & CEO of Milwaukee Urban League, to learn more about how and why the Urban League is participating in On the Table:

Q: Dr. Hall, what excites you about On the Table?

On the Table is a way for us to convene different conversations and partner with other organizations so we can tell our story and share about the impact that we’ve made in the community over the past 100 years. We can speak to various leaders -- white and black -- who have been instrumental in the success of the league. On the Table is also a way for us to discuss and share about our capital campaign so we can make further improvements to our building; there’s a renaissance happening in Bronzeville, including the improvements to Garfield School, the new Pete’s Fruit Market and the construction for the new Holocaust Museum, and we want to be a part of it so we can continue to be a staple of the community that physically surrounds us.

Q: How do you think On the Table can benefit your organization, and what topic do you plan on bringing to the table?

On the Table aligns with what the Urban League is doing with ongoing conversations. As the President, I am very interested in convening dialogue and conversations across this community because I’m concerned about the image that’s portrayed in the media about the African American community in our city. I want the Urban League to be a valuable player in fixing that false stereotype. We will come together as an organization, convening together our partners, youth, leaders and adults, to tell the story of the Urban League. By telling this backstory, coupled with the positive efforts that we’re currently doing, we will be able to fuel a different type of perspective in thinking about our community.

Q: For those who don’t know, can you share a bit about Urban League and its mission?

The Milwaukee Urban League's mission is to provide essential services and strong results-oriented programming to those who share a desire to be productive, contributing members of the community. A dedicated team of staff, volunteers, sponsors, and the Board open doors to information, skill development and other support to help African Americans achieve their full potential and participate in the social mainstream, to secure economic self-sufficiency, parity and power, and civil rights. Collectively, across the nation, Urban Leagues serve over 2 million people.

Q: What is a project that you’re currently working on?

Our affiliate is one of the organizations founded during the very first decade of the Urban League. 2019 marks 100 years of service in our community, so leading up to the anniversary, we’re continuing to focus on empowerment in our community. This includes access to our main areas of focus and opportunities with employment, entrepreneurship and education -- those are our “Three E’s.”

We are also in the process of creating a documentary of the Urban League’s 100 years so we can show what we have done in -- and for -- the community. We feel this will further enhance our programming and strengthen our impact in this city.