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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

Helping the Poor

Jeannetta Robinson's Legacy

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One of my favorite local social service agencies is Career Youth Development. No doubt, you have heard about the late great Jeannetta Robinson and her dedication to serving the poor.

Her son Charles "Butch" Walton is carrying on his mother's legacy. Charles or Butch as he is called now heads up CYD. Butch is such a great interview, that you realize you could listen to him forever. He has such a commanding presence I always think I should sit down and listen like I am in church. (smiles)

Every week, hundreds of low income families, walk through the doors or CYD and get help they need. Entering the building on Martin Luther King Drive, you instantly feel the humanity.

The workers there are passionate about CYD, and compassionate about helping others. You can see it on their faces and feel it in their spirit. There's always someone who insists on carrying our equipment or trying to help out. (For the record, I do not accept the help from anyone I interview. My personal policy is that it's our job. They are kind enough to grant the interview, it's up to me and the photographer to carry the gear.)

Last week when I was at the agency to do a story on the naming of a section of highway after Robinson, I couldn't help but think about her loving legacy. I know, Jeannetta Robinson is not only proud of her son carrying the torch, but she's in heaven filled with glee. Because as you walk into the agency she founded, you truly feel her motto---"Love in Action."


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