July 2021

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It still tickles me to this day when I think about how Rev. Jessie L. Jackson Sr. cupped my face with both hands and kissed me in front of the entire Milwaukee Journal newsroom. I worked as a copy kid while studying journalism at Marquette University when he met with the newspaper’s editorial board to discuss his decision to run for president of the United States.
A landmark moment in American history happened with a stroke of a pen as President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Yet, after decades of effort and advocacy, most Americans admit knowing little about the significance of this momentous triumph.
You did it Doc! Although President Joe Biden didn’t call your name at the bill signing ceremony, your spirit was in the room. Your biggest cheerleader Ms. Opal Lee was there to represent you and the thousands of individuals and volunteers around the country that made this holiday possible. I talked with her in February and she was just as energetic as ever.
President Joe Biden graciously knelt before Opal Lee to look her straight in the eyes and thanked her personally for her dogged determination in making Juneteenth a holiday for all to observe. Elated, itching to do a holy dance, the 94-year-old civil rights activist reveled in the moment.
Sense of community is what Annie Weatherby-Flowers savors. It’s deeply ingrained within her. That feeling of belonging and shared commitment to be together was birthed at Juneteenth celebrations in her hometown of Milwaukee.
Milwaukee holds the distinction of hosting one of the oldest Juneteenth celebrations in the country. This year marks the city’s 50th anniversary of the annual event, which honors the day in June 1865 when the Union Army brought word of the Emancipation Proclamation to Texas, freeing the last of the country’s enslaved African Americans.
In the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, author Harper Lee writes: “You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” This quote is said to be a derivation of an old Cherokee proverb which states, “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.”
Aaron Perry walked into B. Right Barber & Beauty shop in Sun Prairie with a TV crew from Good Morning America in tow. It didn’t distract the youngsters busily building color pieces on a LEGO® table. But, a handful of men getting fades and beards lined up in barber chairs raised an eyebrow or two.

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The Preciousness of Freedom

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UMOJA Publisher/Editor: A Yearning for Absolute Equality

It still tickles me to this day when I think about how Rev. Jessie L. Jackson Sr. cupped my face with both hands and kissed me in front of the entire Milwaukee Journal newsroom. I worked as a copy kid while studying journalism at Marquette University when he met with the newspaper’s editorial board to discuss his decision to run for president of the United States.



Acknowledging America’s Original Sin:

A landmark moment in American history happened with a stroke of a pen as President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Yet, after decades of effort and advocacy, most Americans admit knowing little about the significance of this momentous triumph.



Happy Juneteenth Holiday “Doc” MYERS

You did it Doc! Although President Joe Biden didn’t call your name at the bill signing ceremony, your spirit was in the room. Your biggest cheerleader Ms. Opal Lee was there to represent you and the thousands of individuals and volunteers around the country that made this holiday possible. I talked with her in February and she was just as energetic as ever.



A Lifetime in the Making for Freedom Fighter Opal Lee

President Joe Biden graciously knelt before Opal Lee to look her straight in the eyes and thanked her personally for her dogged determination in making Juneteenth a holiday for all to observe. Elated, itching to do a holy dance, the 94-year-old civil rights activist reveled in the moment.



Juneteenth Commemorated for First Time as a Federal Holiday in Madison

Sense of community is what Annie Weatherby-Flowers savors. It’s deeply ingrained within her. That feeling of belonging and shared commitment to be together was birthed at Juneteenth celebrations in her hometown of Milwaukee.



Hundreds Celebrate Golden Anniversary of Milwaukee’s Juneteenth

Milwaukee holds the distinction of hosting one of the oldest Juneteenth celebrations in the country. This year marks the city’s 50th anniversary of the annual event, which honors the day in June 1865 when the Union Army brought word of the Emancipation Proclamation to Texas, freeing the last of the country’s enslaved African Americans.



Goodman Community Center CEO Letesha Nelson

In the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, author Harper Lee writes: “You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” This quote is said to be a derivation of an old Cherokee proverb which states, “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.”



Black Barbershop Is Cultural Institution and Cutting Health Disparities

Aaron Perry walked into B. Right Barber & Beauty shop in Sun Prairie with a TV crew from Good Morning America in tow. It didn’t distract the youngsters busily building color pieces on a LEGO® table. But, a handful of men getting fades and beards lined up in barber chairs raised an eyebrow or two.



Meet Black Teen Author Tikeh Tazeh:

A Group Health Cooperative obstetrician encouraged Yvonne Tazeh to eat well, exercise and read aloud to the growing baby in her womb. The advice came repeatedly with each pregnancy wellness visit.



12 Must-Read YA Novels to Read This Summer By Black Authors

Young adult literature is growing in popularity with readers of all ages. So, for all of your heartwarming coming of age needs, your dramatic romances, and sci-fi thrillers, here are some of the best new YA books you’re going to want to read ꟷ before the cool kids are all talking about them.



Urban League Steps Up to Boost BIPOC Community Vaccination Rates

Some squinted their eyes shut. Many held their breath. And others, well, the nervous ones, needed coaxing from family members to roll up their sleeves and receive the COVID-19 vaccine at pop-up clinics inside the Urban League of Greater Madison on the city’s South Side.



Need A Great Escape? Read!

Madison Public Library is launching in-person, informal outdoor events for kids and families beginning this Saturday, June 12 as part of their We Read program. On select Saturdays throughout the summer, Madison Public Library youth service librarians will be hosting Serendipity Saturdays simultaneously at multiple library locations. 



How to Become a Teenage Author

An author writes books and publishes them on Amazon, an eBook or a physical copy, and sells it to readers. A teen author is not employed by anyone and their own pay is their own responsibility.



Madison School District Offers Free Meals This Summer

The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Summer Food Program provides free meals during summer vacation. 



Summertime Recipes

No Bake Lobster Mac and Cheese By Acclaimed Chef G. Garvin INGREDIENTS • 1lb. cooked elbow macaroni • 2lbs. shelled lobster meat • 8 oz. smoked cheddar, shredded • 8 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded • 2 ½ cups milk • 8 oz. Velveeta, cubed • 2 ½ cups half-and-half • ½ tsp. kosher salt, plus [...]



UMOJA SHORTS — July 2021

LaVar Charleston Named UW–Madison’s Next Chief Diversity Officer University of Wisconsin-Madison LaVar Charleston, an innovative leader and accomplished researcher with nearly two decades of experience related to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education, has been named to lead the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Charleston will serve as the university’s chief diversity [...]