Amani pharmacist Lester Carter embodies qualities that I see over and over again while reporting on the people who live and work in our city neighborhoods. Serious, dignified, dedicated and generous, Carter has put his intelligence and his heart into caring for his customers since he moved here from Nebraska in the late 1960s. Yet, he does so on his own terms, with a unique style and using medicinal compounds he created himself.
In addition to the pleasure of interviewing Carter, I loved this story because of the response it received. Many who have known Carter since they were children commented on the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Web site and on social media. Some did not know what had become of him since he sold his store. It was wonderful to hear how grateful and happy they were to learn that Carter was back behind the store’s counter, now as an employee, dispensing his wisdom with warmth and concern.