Nehemiah Blog

What I Want White Allies to Know Heading Into Thanksgiving

– Harry Hawkins –   As we approach Thanksgiving, I can’t help but think of family and what this time of year means to me. It’s a time to gather with friends and family, share some fantastic food and laughs. Since moving to Wisconsin five years ago, it took on another meaning as well. As…

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Dr. Gee Reflects on Race Conversations

Last Saturday, September 16th, Rev. Dr. Gee participated on a panel titled, “Moving Past Fear – How to Talk about Race in All Your Spaces,” which focused on the challenges to discussing race in public spaces and strategies for overcoming those obstacles. Dr. Gee has some specific thoughts and reflections on the experience and conversation afterwards…

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Nehemiah’s 25th Anniversary Party

  Party with us! Celebrating Our Past, Creating Our Future Friday, November 3, 2017 7:00 – 8:00p – Dessert, connect with the Nehemiah family, sharing stories 8:00 – 8:30p – A word from Nehemiah Founder, Alex Gee 8:30 – 10:00p Dessert, mingle and party to the music of Kinfolk Kids welcome! Overture Center for the…

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Experiencing History at Home

  Experiencing History at Home   By Phil Haslanger   It’s been a year since the National Museum of African-American History and Culture opened its doors in Washington D.C. to massive crowds and intensely emotional experiences. The museum captured both the pain and the possibilities of life in America for those enslaved in Africa, shipped…

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Never Forget

  Last night, my daughter interviewed my wife for a school report she’s working on about September 11th. As my wife and I told our stories about where we were, and what we remembered, it made me think of the fear that ran through our country years all those years ago. I remember listening to…

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Dantrell Cotton – An Encounter with Whiteness

  This week, we have a blog coming from a recent University of Wisconsin-Madison Master’s Graduate. Dantrell Cotton spent 7 years in Madison attending UW obtaining both his Bachelors in Community and Environmental Sociology and Masters in Environment and Resources degrees. Dantrell also participated in Nehemiah as the Choir Director and an Empowerment Coach for…

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Groans and Birthpains

  3 years ago Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Mo. 3 years ago we witnessed the divide of a nation, the exasperation of a people. Is today different? Have we learned anything from the past 3 years? I recently read an excerpt from Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings” and…

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BROTHER Rites of Passage

  Last week, our BROTHER program spent time in Baraboo, Wisconsin at Expeditions Unlimited for their annual Rites of Passage trip.       If you haven’t heard, BROTHER (Building Real Opportunities To Help Everyone Rise) is a holistic program that helps African American boys work through a curriculum of key issues related to transition…

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