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October 15, 2022

by: 16 News Now (WNDU)

“The Leprechaun’s Game Day at Notre Dame,” signing at university

A Leprechaun on Notre Dame's campus is sharing a game day story for the books. (more)

 

October 4, 2022

by: 16 News Now (WNDU)

Literacy rally held at Darden Elementary for 'Leprechaun's Game Day'

A literacy rally was held today with not just one leprechaun, but two! (more)

 

September 28, 2022

by: Lisa Kelly (SBNation One Foot Down)

The Leprechaun's Game Day at Notre Dame interview

This week I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with former Notre Dame Leprechaun, and fellow author, Mike Brown. Mike and I chatted about how he got to Notre Dame, how he became the first Black Leprechaun at Notre Dame, how he got into writing in the first place, his new book...(more)

 

September 17, 2022

by: Tyler Horka (Blue & Gold)

‘Heart and soul’: How former Notre Dame Leprechaun Mike Brown leaves legacy through children’s book

Mike Brown keeps a rejection letter close to his vest.

Literally.

His green, official Notre Dame Leprechaun vest. (more)

 

April 23, 2022

Former Notre Dame Leprechaun releases children’s book about his experience

by: Vahid Sadrzadeh (ABC57)

Mike Brown, the first black student to serve as the University of Notre Dame’s leprechaun, is recounting his experience as the famed mascot in his new children’s book, “The Leprechaun’s Game Day at Notre Dame”. (more)

 

March 20, 2022

Sunday Morning Spotlight: The Leprechaun’s Game Day at Notre Dame

by: Jack Springgate (WNDU)

Former Notre Dame mascot and current author of the new children’s book, “The Leprechaun’s Game Day at Notre Dame”, Michael Brown, stepped into the spotlight with our own Jack Springgate on 16 News Now Sunday Morning. (more)

 

March 17, 2022

Former Notre Dame Leprechaun releasing children’s book

by: 16 News Now (WNDU)

This St. Patrick’s Day, we had a special guest in the studio for 16 News Now at Noon.

You may recognize Mike Brown for his role as the Notre Dame Leprechaun from 1999 until 2001. Now, he’s releasing a children’s book about his experience called “The Leprechaun’s Game Day at Notre Dame.” (more)

 

February 8, 2022

Little Netta's Gift

by Education Counts Michiana (PBS Michiana WNIT)

Learning to be kind isn't just good etiquette, it's also an important part of social emotional learning. One of the best ways for kids to learn these lessons is through examples. The story of Little Netta is meant as a way to show just how powerful kindness can be. (more)

 

December 27, 2021

Child's legacy of gifting to others continues nearly 3 decades after death

By Jessica Madhukar from TMJ4 (Milwaukee)

It's been more than three decades since Jeannetta Robinson, also known as Lil Jeannetta, was tragically murdered alongside her mother at just 9-years-old.

Jeannetta would be turning 47-years-old, but her life was cut short at the age of nine when she was tragically murdered with her mother in 1984.

While she is no longer alive, Jeannetta's legacy continues to bless other children each year on her birthday. (more)

 

December 27, 2021

Family honors murdered 9-year-old Milwaukee girl on her birthday by giving gifts to kids

By Melissa Zygowicz from CBS58 (Milwaukee)

The family of a 9-year old Milwaukee girl murdered almost 40 years ago is using her birthday to give back to the community.

Jeannetta Lacole Robinson (Little Jeannetta) would have been about 50 years old Monday, Dec. 27. She was tragically murdered along with her mother by her mother's ex-boyfriend in April of 1984.

"We're looking to make this a joyful day for all," Jeannetta's uncle, Charles L Walton, said.

The gym inside the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center was packed with gifts Monday. Kids were able to pick out whatever they wanted. (more)

 

November 19, 2021

An Interview with Author Mike Brown
Picture books with a mission: Little Netta takes on the world

By Laura Anne Bird from Readers Lane

What child doesn’t love a picture book?
They’ve got everything: delightful illustrations, catchy rhymes, and imperative messages about what it means to be both a kid and a human being.
Sometimes, picture books go a step further and serve as a tool for social justice—which is why Little Netta’s Gift, written by Mike Brown and illustrated by Selim Nurudeen, caught my eye. (more)

 

October 10, 2021

Children's book honors Milwaukee homicide victims killed in 1984

By Kasey Chronis from FOX6 News (Milwaukee)

Turning tragedy into a touching tribute, a Milwaukee native has authored a children's book honoring his slain relatives; he hopes it inspires children and adults alike.
It's the story of a little girl who put others before herself. (more)

 

September 17, 2021

SOULSTIR announces children’s book and program honoring the memory of Lil' Jeannetta Robinson in partnership with Elder Charles L. Walton and United Way

SOULSTIR LLC (SOULSTIR), a social enterprise founded and led by Mike Brown, the first Black student to portray the iconic Notre Dame Leprechaun mascot, today announced the start of preorders for its debut children’s book, Little Netta’s Gift, and the launch of Lil’ Jeannetta Robinson Gifts of Love, a holiday giving program, in partnership with Elder Charles L. Walton and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. The book and program honor the memory of Brown’s late cousin, Jeannetta Lacole Robinson (Lil’ Jeannetta/Little Netta), who was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, and tragically murdered at age 9, along with her mother, Cheryl Robinson, age 25, on April 4, 1984. (more)