stories about brother booker
“When it comes to African Americans in Wisconsin and Milwaukee, Brother Booker may be the most important man this side of Hank Aaron. Brother Booker brought national attention to Milwaukee and served and represented a community that has traditionally been underserved and under-heard."
- author Willy Thorn
"If you ask ten black people over age 40 about Brother Booker, nine would know him personally and the other one would know of him."
- Brother Bob Smith, ofm cap, and nephew of Brother Booker
“I don’t know when I first met him. But I always knew who he was. I don’t remember not knowing of Brother Booker. He was such a larger than life figure in our community. He was a wonderful person. He had a heart of gold. People who’d meet him and interact with him wouldn't forget him. He had a jovial disposition. He was an amazing love for people in the community. His presence and the love he exuded were pure caring.”
- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
“To meet the man once … he was tremendously effusive, joyous, irrepressible, kindly, spiritual, savvy, generous, kind, altruistic, passionate, and understanding … I never saw him angry … You walked in a room and Booker was there, and your spirits rose. You knew you’d go over and hug him. He’d hug you. You knew whatever mood you were in, you’d be driven upwards. If you were in a dark mood, it’d change. You couldn't be with the man and not have elevated spirits. As solid as the rule of gravity; if you’re with Booker Ashe for a few minute, your spirits would rise. It was reverse spiritual gravity.” – former Milwaukee District Attorney E. Michael McCann.
“He was a Mother Teresa type with no hidden agendas. My dad knew him as a Presbyterian minister... . I don't have the impression that he was a real big protester type - more a reach out and help the downtrodden kind of person. Not everyone can be a warrior. After the battle, someone has to heal the wounded scattered on the battlefield.” - Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist