April 2024

Features:

Madison has been challenged to find enough inclusion for minority business enterprises (MBEs) and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) for a very long time.
In February, Michelle Behnke of Madison, principal of Michelle Behnke & Associates, was named by the American Bar Association (ABA) Nominating Committee as the next ABA president-elect.
Known as “JP” around Madison, Jeff Patterson has grown his business, JP Hair Design, into a Madison institution.
At the end of the 20th century, African Americans in Tulsa, OK founded and developed a business community in the Greenwood section of the city.

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Put your artwork on a UMOJA cover! Works selected will fit the monthly editorial topic and reflect the county’s unique stories, history, and people.

UMOJA Inside:


April 2024 — Taking Care of Business

Cover Artist: Desere Mayo Desere has the gift of creativity and imagination and it shows in her work. She has been perfecting her craft since an early age and has [...]



From the UMOJA Desk: The Black Businesses Culture in Madison

Madison has been challenged to find enough inclusion for minority business enterprises (MBEs) and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) for a very long time.



Michelle Behnke nominated to become American Bar Association president in 2025 

In February, Michelle Behnke of Madison, principal of Michelle Behnke & Associates, was named by the American Bar Association (ABA) Nominating Committee as the next ABA president-elect.



Jeff Patterson: A Cut Above the Rest

Known as “JP” around Madison, Jeff Patterson has grown his business, JP Hair Design, into a Madison institution.



Taking Care of Black Business

At the end of the 20th century, African Americans in Tulsa, OK founded and developed a business community in the Greenwood section of the city.



Taking Care Of Business Through Empowerment 

In the company of greatness. That is how I felt while interviewing Ms. Vanessa McDowell-Atlas, and Mr. Lino Ruiz for this April’s Business Issue of UMOJA.



The Business of Mental Health

When most people think about health care, they don’t think about business.



Sonia Spencer Connects Schools with Community to Serve Students and Families

Have you ever known a leader who is not only authentic and kind, but who also has a natural talent for seeing the big picture and connecting the dots - especially when it comes to bringing people and organizations together to support a common goal?



Honoring our Past, Securing Our Future 

Professor Emeritus Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira is a remarkable woman who is an erudite scholar, a global academician in several fields and a prodigious writer.



A Thousand Words

I love photos that tell stories as it saves me time from writing, but sometimes you have to tell the story behind the photos. I think our UMOJA readers will find this story flavorful.



2024 Winter Showcase



Poetry Spotlight

Fourth of September By Kelsie Coleman For her heart longed to give its love to a soul Not just any soul but the mate to hers A match to her [...]



Money on Your Mind? 

Do you ever lie awake at night, consumed by worries about your bank balance?



Building a Powerful Brand: Inspired by Beyoncé 

Beyoncé is a renowned global brand known for excellence, innovation, and resilience.



Maya & Me

When I first encountered Maya Angelou and her work, I was in 5th grade.



Madison Black Chamber Gala

The Madison Black Chamber of Commerce brought the flavor of Black Hollywood to Madison and all of the stars were out to celebrate and cheer on the winners of the Black Business Awards as guests walked the red carpet and shopped at the marketplace offering a plethora of goods from 26 local Black vendors. 



Delfaeyo Marsalis Concert

February 28, 2024



Fireside Chat with Dr. Anthony and Dr. Harris

February 29, 2024



11th Annual Jazz Brunch Community Recognition & Fundraiser – The Links Incorporated

March 9, 2024



International Women’s Day, AFRICaide & 4W (Women & Wellbeing in Wisconsin & the World)

March 9, 2024



Hearts for Helping, Boys and Girls Club

February 23, 2024



UMOJA Voices Across America — April 2024

Umoja Voices Around the World: An American Outlook On European Culture Experiencing Barcelona, Spain as a UW Student, By Mia Quigley In January 2024, I left my accustomed-American life, to [...]