Alderman Dennis McBride represents Wauwatosa's 4th District. An attorney and graduate of Wauwatosa East High School, Ald. McBride strives to be an effective, thoughtful, and nonpartisan representative for his constituents and for his hometown.
Those who know me know I love history and the lessons we can learn from people of courage. As a sinner, I hope to learn from those who have experienced moments of grace. Here are two such moments in honor of Black History Month:
One Sunday morning in 1866, less than a year after surrendering the Confederate Army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant to end the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee was worshipping in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia. An African-American ex-slave, who had entered the church unnoticed, walked to the communion rail. White parishioners were shocked and remained in their seats. Lee rose from his pew, walked to the rail, and knelt next to the man. They received communion side by side. The rest of the congregation followed.
There will be a hearing at City Hall on Tuesday, February 23. You might want to be there.
A few years ago, the Common Council approved an application by developer David Israel for his "Stone Pointe" condominium project on the old Western Metals site in the eastern part of the Village at 62nd Street and Martin Drive. At that time, he planned to build three condo buildings on the site.