On a recent Saturday, Handsome Barber Shop, 2701 N. Teutonia Ave., collaborated with The Milwaukee Urban League to educate children about influential African Americans. The children also were given discounted haircuts and manicures.
The three-hour event featured $3 haircuts for boys under 11 years old, $5 haircuts for 12- to 17-year-old boys and free fingernail painting for girls ages 12 and under. All children who attended received a free copy of “Great Black Inventors,” a book honoring the most innovative African Americans.
Community members of all ages visited the bustling barbershop, which is one of the oldest African American businesses in Wisconsin.
Handsome Barbershop is co-owned by brothers Haralson and Thaddeus Moore.
“By celebrating Black History Month in the shop, we become more connected to the community,” Haralson Moore said. “This celebration is a great way to help youth understand our rich history and help our community during these tough economic times.”
Ralph Hollmon, president and CEO of The Milwaukee Urban League, is a customer at Handsome Barbershop. He commends the business for its involvement in the neighborhood.
This was the second time that The Milwaukee Urban League and Handsome Barbershop have joined forces to benefit community residents. After the success of the Back-to-School Community Resource Fair hosted in August, the two organizations decided to reunite for a Black History Month event.
Hollman said the celebration had two goals — to pay tribute to African American inventors and motivate children to read.
“We brought these resources with us because want to make sure the community knows we care,” said Shirley Sharp, director of education and training at the Milwaukee Urban League.
The event was very successful, according to Hollman, and he hopes to host similar events in the future.
“It’s great to celebrate Black History Month,” he said, “but we also want the community to celebrate black history year round.”