St. Paul’s African American Heritage committee has done inspired work preparing a month-long celebration beginning February 3rd. Watch for posters around St. Paul’s with the whole incredible lineup of speakers, music, worship and food.
The following Adult Formation Sessions are planned for each Sunday at 9 a.m. (in the Community Room unless otherwise indicated), with Guest Performers at the 10:15 a.m. services on the same day.
Sunday February 3: America’s Black History Museum
Ralph Hollmon will discuss the history and future of this Milwaukee museum. He has been a stalwart leader in the Milwaukee community with a very distinguished career in both government and nonprofit leadership. After serving as CEO of the Milwaukee Urban League since 2002 he retired at the end of 2016. Presently he serves as President of the Board of Directors of The James Cameron Legacy Foundation.
Guest Performers – Zoe and Sebastian Plunket,members of St. Paul’s, will share their musical talents with us. They are the children of Janese Christie and Garfield Plunkett
February 10: Just A Conversation over Chicken and Dumplings
In the Great Hall, Sheri Williams Pannell (Director) and Michelle Dobbs (Playwright) will share how the visual arts and powerful storytelling are used to heal a family in the Bronzeville Arts Ensemble’s upcoming production, “Just A Conversation Over Chicken and Dumplings.”
Sheri Williams Pannell, BA, MFA, is a native Milwaukeean and versatile artist whose passion for the arts has led her to perform, direct, teach, or write for a number of arts organizations including First Stage, Florentine Opera, InTandem, Milwaukee Chamber Theater, Milwaukee Public Theater, Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Symphony, and Skylight Music Theatre. Beyond Milwaukee, Pannell has worked at Oregon Shakespeare, Utah’s Old Lyric Rep, University Opera Madison, University Theater at UW Madison, and Children’s Theater of Madison. She is producing artisticdirector and a founding member of Bronzeville Arts Ensemble. At Calvary Baptist Church, Pannell co-directs the drama ministry. In 2017, Pannell was honored as an Artist of the Year by the City of Milwaukee.
Michelle Dobbs’ professional experience spans working as an educator, nonprofit executive, reporter, author, and playwright. In addition to her love of reading and writing, Michelle is an ardent foodie. One of her goals this year is to do something scary every day, believing that “if your dreams don’t scaremyou, they’re not big enough.” She works to keep her clown phobia in check by only attending circuses in cases of emergency.
Guest Performer – Sherri Williams Pernell, Soloist
February 17: African American Art Alliance
Sande Robinson, BA, MEd, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) and President of the African American Art Alliance (AAAA), a support group of the Museum. The Alliance was established in 1990 and will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019; its mission is to acquire art by African Americans for the Museum’s permanent collection and to provide a forum for education, discussion and enjoyment of African American art.
February 24: I am a Boy of Color and I am a Girl of Color
Deanna Singh, BA, JD, MBA, a Milwaukee native, is recognized as a leading authority in building innovative opportunities within underserved communities. As Chief Change Agent and Founder of Flying Elephant, Deanna is a highly respected thought leader, who has spent almost 20 years researching, designing and building asset-based solutions to complex social challenges. She recently completed her first two children’s books I Am a Boy of Color and I Am a Girl of Color, and was featured as a TEDx speaker. She released her first business book, Purposeful Hustle, in Fall of
Guest Performers – Musical Performance by Black Arts MKE