Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Milwaukee’s forgotten immigrants from 1890s built early Arabic-speaking community

MILWAUKEE’S FORGOTTEN IMMIGRANTS FROM 1890s BUILT EARLY ARABIC-SPEAKING COMMUNITY Posted by Wisconsin Muslim Journal | Jun 8, 2018 As the Assistant Archivist for the Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS), Steve Schaffer gets many requests from individuals trying to fit together a trail of breadcrumbs that vanish over the horizon of a distant past. One such inquiry involved archival records pertaining to the early Arab community in Milwaukee. That exchange led to the reprint of this article, from the Society’s Autumn 1984 issue in the Historic Messenger. I knew we had some information on the Lebanese Community in Milwaukee, because...

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Mequon’s Nabeel Quryshi selected as one of the 2018 Presidential Scholars from Wisconsin

State Superintendent Tony Evers recently congratulated five Wisconsin students who were named 2018 Presidential Scholars. Along with Nabeel J. Quryshi from the University School of Milwaukee in Mequon, two of the state’s original 15 semifinalists were students of the Muslim faith, Alnaser Al‐Fawakhiri of Whitefish Bay High School in Shorewood, and Muhamed Sanneh, East Senior High School in Madison. “The Presidential Scholars award is one of the highest honors given to high school graduates,” Evers said. “Congratulations to these students and thank you to the teachers and families who supported their success.” The four other Wisconsin students selected as...

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IRC Book Review: Victoria and Abdul

Elise Bellin, MLIS is the IRC Librarian and this book review is part of an ongoing series that focuses on a range of books within the IRC collection as a service to the community. Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu, © 2010 – ISBN: 9780525434412 Written based largely on the recently rediscovered diaries of Abdul Karim, one of Queen Victoria’s servants from India, Victoria and Abdul tells the tale of a friendship that crossed ethnic, religious, social and economic boundaries to enrich the lives of two very different individuals, much to the dismay of many around them. Victoria and...

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Milwaukee renames street to honor Hayat Pharmacy’s legendary Dr. Carter

The City of Milwaukee celebrated the lifelong service of Dr. Lester L. Carter, Jr., for his pioneering and community service as a pharmacist, with an honorary street name dedicated on May 18. Dr. Carter was one of the first African-American pharmacists in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska before relocating to Milwaukee and founding his own pharmacy in 1968. “As we work tirelessly to improve the health of the community, I am proud to take a moment to pay homage to one of our forbearers in this fight, Dr. Lester Carter,” said Khalif J. Rainey, representing the Amani neighborhood as...

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Hayat Pharmacy protects health and environment with medication disposal boxes

During the recent National Prevention Week, Hayat Pharmacy announced that it would be the first pharmacy chain in the Milwaukee area to place drop boxes for unused medicines at each of its locations. National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness and action around substance abuse and mental health issues. Hayat has ten pharmacy locations in the Milwaukee area, eight in the city of Milwaukee, one in Greenfield and one in Campbellsport. “Hayat Pharmacy was the first pharmacy company in the Milwaukee area to have a drop box for unused medicine. They are so...

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IRC Book Review: Amina’s Voice

Elise Bellin, MLIS is the IRC Librarian and this book review is part of an ongoing series that focuses on a range of books within the IRC collection as a service to the community. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan, © 2017 – ISBN: 9781481492065 What is it like to be a Pakistani American Muslim middle schooler in the often confusing sociopolitical climate we face today? Unfortunately, in addition to the many confusing and intimidating situations that non-minority children face at that awkward time on their journey to adulthood, many children also face the very real reality of anti-Immigrant/anti-Islamic sentiment...

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