The Milwaukee Bucks will celebrate the progress, beauty and diversity of African American culture and achievements. Throughout Black History Month, the Bucks will honor the accomplishments of leaders that have made an impact on the world and the city of Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Bucks organization will recognize the past, present and limitless future of African Americans during the month of February with various events and programs.
Black History Month began in a smaller form during the 1920s when Carter G. Woodson created and promoted Negro History Week. In 1976, the month-long celebration was implemented and February was chosen because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Langston Hughes, well known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance, was a poet whose work had a primary role in the popular 1920s movement. The poem I, Too is an influential piece that speaks to racial oppression and progression of America.
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--
I, too, am America.
BUCKS GIVE HONOR:
Milwaukee Bucks give honor to the life and legacy of prominent African American leaders of the community and their contribution to the quality of life in Milwaukee.
MR. PERKINS' FAMILY RESTAURANT
Since 1969 (one year after the Bucks became a franchise), Mr. Perkins' Restaurant has been a staple in the Milwaukee community and shows no signs of slowing down the production of its famous soul food. The quaint restaurant was founded by Willie Perkins Sr. and his wife Hilda. Willie Sr. fulfilled his dream after growing up and watching his parents work hard as sharecroppers in Tennessee. Meanwhile Hilda's mother taught her to cook the vegetables raised on their land, thus the foundation of many recipes served today at Mr. Perkins' Family Restaurant. The original restaurant, called Perkins Hamburgers, opened at 1943 W. Atkinson Ave. and had just 12 counter stools. With more demand for its signature fried catfish, baked chicken and sweet potato pie, Willie Perkins Jr. and his wife Cherry took over the establishment in 1999 operating at its current location, 2001 W. Atkinson which can entertain 45 customers. Upon the passing of Milwaukee's Soul Food King, Willie Perkins Jr. in January, 2010, Cherry and her seven employees, including son Tracy, still maintain the welcoming, family atmosphere to all guests while supporting her favorite team, the Milwaukee Bucks. At Perkins, They feel it's not how many come in, but how many come back.
Dick Garrett has patrolled the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the past 14 years with a smile. Garrett's love for the game extends beyond the sidelines. After helping lead his team to the NIT Championship his sophomore season at Southern Illinois, Garrett was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 1969-70 NBA Draft. Garrett was a starter on the Lakers team that went seven games in the NBA Finals versus the New York Knicks. Garrett played 5 seasons of professional basketball ending his career as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Since Garrett's final game on the court, he and his family have remained in the city of Milwaukee. Dick's basketball genes have been passed along to his children as he is the proud father of NBA Rookie Phoenix Suns' Diante Garrett, making his smile wider than ever.
Wayne Embry's impact on sports has been one that truly went beyond the bright lights of the basketball court. The five-time All-Star, NBA Champion and former Buck, Embry is a Sports Legend. Upon accepting the role of General Manager of the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971, Embry became the first African American General Manager of all professional sports. Hall of Famer Wayne Embry is a true pioneer of our game and our community
Original Buck, Sam Williams is a staple in the Milwaukee Community. Williams' was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1968 NBA Draft. As a Bucks guard, Williams played professionally for two seasons. Like all NBA players, Sam was an inspiration to many youth and even after his career Sam never stopped inspiring. Williams began working for the Boys & Girls Clubs 36 years ago and is currently the Executive Vice President and Director of Community Relations for Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Keeping with their mission to inspire and empower all young people, Sam Williams has dedicated his life to ensure a positive life for Milwaukee's youth.