October 2021

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One of my favorite pastimes, especially on dreary Saturday afternoons, is sitting near my dad and listening to his random escapades or life lessons learned while growing up in the Deep South.
Christin Gates Calloway planned out her life on paper and followed it down to a T. She earned a master’s degree in education policy, landed a great job, and married the love of her life.
By the turn of the 20th century, emancipated slaves and their descendants had amassed 14 million acres of land. Per capita there were more Black farmers than white farmers. Owning land represents freedom for African American farmers—proof of ownership in this country.
Invocation - Mother, Father, Creator Energies of the 5 directions. Grant your blessings so that we all may be one with wisdom. Grant your blessings that the confidence of basic goodness be eternal. Grant your blessings so that all beings enjoy profound brilliant glory. ~Mudwymn

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UMOJA Publisher/Editor: Health Awareness and Learning from Our Past

One of my favorite pastimes, especially on dreary Saturday afternoons, is sitting near my dad and listening to his random escapades or life lessons learned while growing up in the Deep South.



Be Best Version of Self

Illustration: Keeping Your Peace / Artist: Alice Y. Traore, A self-taught watercolor artist



Breastfeeding Has Been An Easy Thing to Love Doing.

"I think it’s pretty amazing to look at a person who’s growing rapidly and think all the nutrients that they need comes from you,” shared Ali Muldrow. Breastfeeding has “been an easy [...]



A Jar of Mustard Seeds

Christin Gates Calloway planned out her life on paper and followed it down to a T. She earned a master’s degree in education policy, landed a great job, and married the love of her life.



Black Culture in Food and Farming

By the turn of the 20th century, emancipated slaves and their descendants had amassed 14 million acres of land. Per capita there were more Black farmers than white farmers. Owning land represents freedom for African American farmers—proof of ownership in this country.



Ancestral Honoring as a Form of Self Love.

Invocation - Mother, Father, Creator Energies of the 5 directions. Grant your blessings so that we all may be one with wisdom. Grant your blessings that the confidence of basic goodness be eternal. Grant your blessings so that all beings enjoy profound brilliant glory. ~Mudwymn



Is It Safe to Get a Booster Vaccine and a Flu Shot?

Amid all the saturated focus on COVID-19 vaccinations, including the booster doses, health experts are finding many are contemplating skipping annual flu shots.



Gut Check: The Power of Food Science

It is no secret that the food we consume has a direct impact on our overall health and lifestyle. Food provides our bodies with materials and information that dictate how they respond and function.



Mapping Barriers to Care in Wisconsin

As health care resources quickly and heavily shifted toward COVID-19 testing and management in 2020, the primary care system struggled to meet the needs of Americans across the country, with access to many services delayed or diminished.



15 Foods That Boost the Immune System

If you’re looking for ways to prevent colds, the flu, and other infections, your first step should be a visit to your local grocery store. Plan your meals to include these 15 powerful immune system boosters.



Major General Marcia Anderson Receives Women United Philanthropy Award

Major General Marcia Anderson was honored with the Women United Philanthropy Award at United Way’s Women United Brunch, which took place on Sept. 10. Each year, this prestigious award celebrates and acknowledges a woman who is committed to helping make the community a better place to live, for all.



Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County BIG Night Out

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, which helps children realize their potential and build their futures, raised more than $306,000 during its annual gala. Nearly 600 supporters enjoyed the socially distanced fundraising dinner under a warm autumn sky at Breese Stevens Field.



Workforce Survey to Examine and Address Diversity Accountability

Dr. Richard Harris has spent more than eight decades in Madison. He attended the public schools, raised his family, and earned his Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The community civil rights activist has had a front-row seat to much of the city’s history and its love-hate tug-of-war with the Black community.



A New Effort to Support BIPOC Artists and Stories and How André De Shields Became Its Namesake

On a cold day in New York City in February 2020, Wisconsin Union team members and University of Wisconsin–Madison alumni had the opportunity to meet actor, singer, and writer André De Shields, during a talk-back after attending “Hadestown” in New York City.



Curb the Candy Craze

The kids look adorable in their costumes and are counting down the days until Oct. 31! Are you ready for the sugar rush? With a little creativity, you can find fun ways to include some healthy options in the mix, whether you’re having a party with friends or trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.



How Black-cellent Are You?

Take This Quiz to Find Out



UMOJA SHORTS — October 2021

Black women will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for the first time CNN The National Inventors Hall of Fame lineup is full of familiar faces: Thomas [...]