February 2024

Features:

When 15-year-old Terrence Roberts walked into Little Rock High School with 8 of his friends, he had no idea that the impact of their steps would be felt around the world for generations.
Originally delivered from 6 pages of text over 60 years ago, running 17 minutes long and comprised of only 1,667 words, Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech had the power to move a nation.
One of my favorite places in Madison is Dr. Carl Grant’s home.

UMOJA Inside:


February 2024 — Living Black History

Cover Artist: Desere Mayo



From the UMOJA Desk: We Can’t Cop Out on Black History

"Black history” seems like profanity these days.



Terrence Roberts

When 15-year-old Terrence Roberts walked into Little Rock High School with 8 of his friends, he had no idea that the impact of their steps would be felt around the world for generations.



Ayala McMillen Has a Dream

Originally delivered from 6 pages of text over 60 years ago, running 17 minutes long and comprised of only 1,667 words, Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech had the power to move a nation.



Dr. Carl Grant Brings Black History to Today’s Educator

One of my favorite places in Madison is Dr. Carl Grant’s home.



Black Business Hub Update

In January of 2022, the City of Madison released a comprehensive plan for the South Side of Madison, Wisconsin. 



Hip hop artist shares inspiration through his kid-friendly songs

Look your son in his eyes and just admire him, then look at all the features that are surrounding him, look at his hair, his nose, lips, eyebrows and chin, engulf yourself in his beauty, inside and out of him,” sings hip hop artist L.E.X in “Black Boy,” one of 13 songs on his album “Black Tears and Smiles.” 



Empowerment through Narratives: Black History Month Reflections

Throughout history, stories have been powerful tools for passing down knowledge and information.



Celebrating Dr. King and Actualizing the Dream

Taylor Kilgore knows without hesitation that her professional career wouldn’t be possible without the love and support she received from her mother, along with the personal courage and self-sacrifice Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made fighting for equality and opportunity for all.



Drumline Live: 

"Our goal is to have the audience on their feet within five minutes of the show’s start,” said Don Roberts, president, CEO and director of Drumline Live, when previewing the show. 



MLK State Observance

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MLK City/County Observance

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MLK Youth Service Day

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UMOJA Voices Across America — February 2024

Here's the story behind Black History Month — and why it's celebrated in February Jonathan Franklin UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1754: Civil rights march on Washington, DC, USA. Procession of African Americans carrying placards demanding equal rights, integrated schools, decent housing, and an end to bias. 28 August 1963. Photographer: Warren K Leffler. (Photo by Universal [...]