April 2021

Features:

Dawn of a Renaissance: Connecting the past, present, and future.
In Time Of Silver Rain by Langston Hughes 
A renaissance can mean many things to many people, but it is best described as a rebirth in which forward-thinking Black leaders demand that we stop looking at Blackness as a color and start viewing it as a dynamically diverse culture in its own right.
Dr. Jack E. Daniels III is a very busy man. It’s not just his job of president as Madison College that keeps him that way. When he came to Madison in 2013, he quickly realized that there were needs outside the college environment and beyond the existing campuses. Thus, began the fight for what would become the Southside Goodman Campus.
A penetrating gaze envelops Dr. Ruben L. Anthony Jr. as he looks over the concrete-paved parking lot outside the headquarters of the Urban League of Greater Madison. The president and CEO of the historic civil rights organization carries a well-earned reputation for using his visionary mind and talents toward making the community a better place.
After losing longtime grant funding that put two of its housing programs serving vulnerable populations at risk during the pandemic, YWCA Madison was grateful to receive what CEO Vanessa McDowell calls “the MacKenzie Scott miracle” at the end of 2020. The philanthropist’s unrestricted donation—meant to address “long-term systemic inequities that have been deepened by the crisis”—is not the only contribution in recent years that helped build momentum for YWCA Madison’s dedication to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
It’s been eight months since SSM Health broke ground on a new state-of-the-art clinic that will replace the one at 1313 Fish Hatchery Road. Damon Boatwright, regional president of SSM Health, told UMOJA Magazine that he expects the new clinic to boost community health on Madison’s South Side.

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Dawn of a Renaissance

Dawn of a Renaissance: Connecting the past, present, and future.



UMOJA Publisher/Editor: Time to Emerge From Our Quarantine Cocoons

In Time Of Silver Rain by Langston Hughes 



The Making of South Madison’s Renaissance

A renaissance can mean many things to many people, but it is best described as a rebirth in which forward-thinking Black leaders demand that we stop looking at Blackness as a color and start viewing it as a dynamically diverse culture in its own right.



A Quiet Man with a Big Vision

Dr. Jack E. Daniels III is a very busy man. It’s not just his job of president as Madison College that keeps him that way. When he came to Madison in 2013, he quickly realized that there were needs outside the college environment and beyond the existing campuses. Thus, began the fight for what would become the Southside Goodman Campus.



Madison’s Black Business Hub

A penetrating gaze envelops Dr. Ruben L. Anthony Jr. as he looks over the concrete-paved parking lot outside the headquarters of the Urban League of Greater Madison. The president and CEO of the historic civil rights organization carries a well-earned reputation for using his visionary mind and talents toward making the community a better place.



Center on Track to Showcase Black Excellence

"Black people are not problems to be fixed. We are leaders to be developed,” said Rev. Dr. Alex Gee on the inspiration that fuels his passion to build the Center for Black Excellence and Culture, an estimated $20 million complex proposed for the city’s Southside. “When Covid hit, I thought this project was dead in [...]



An Empowering Path: YWCA Madison Expands Reach on Park Street

After losing longtime grant funding that put two of its housing programs serving vulnerable populations at risk during the pandemic, YWCA Madison was grateful to receive what CEO Vanessa McDowell calls “the MacKenzie Scott miracle” at the end of 2020. The philanthropist’s unrestricted donation—meant to address “long-term systemic inequities that have been deepened by the crisis”—is not the only contribution in recent years that helped build momentum for YWCA Madison’s dedication to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.



SSM Health Chief Says New Clinic Deepens Community Commitment

It’s been eight months since SSM Health broke ground on a new state-of-the-art clinic that will replace the one at 1313 Fish Hatchery Road. Damon Boatwright, regional president of SSM Health, told UMOJA Magazine that he expects the new clinic to boost community health on Madison’s South Side.



UMOJA SHORTS — April 2021

Kalvin Barrett Appointed Next Dane County Sheriff, First Black to Role Wisconsin State Journal Gov. Tony Evers on April 2 appointed former Dane County sheriff’s deputy Kalvin Barrett as the next sheriff. Barrett, who will become Dane County’s first Black sheriff, will succeed Sheriff Dave Mahoney, who is retiring next month. Barrett will complete the [...]



How To Improve Your Credit Score

So, you’re starting to set some bigger financial goals and realize your credit score is pretty darn important. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. A lot of people don’t start acknowledging the importance of their credit until it’s a tad too late. The good news? We have some ways to help you improve your credit score no matter where you are on your financial or professional path.



8 Ways the American Rescue Plan Will Help Small Businesses

The American Rescue Plan Act has passed the House and Senate, and President Biden is expected to sign it this week. It includes a number of provisions that will help small business owners— including those who are self-employed or are independent contractors— in the form of grants, tax credits and forgivable loans. 



Children and Money

Children learn how money functions by watching the adults close to them.



Alabama’s ‘Fifth Little Girl’ & Author Sarah Collins Rudolph

Sarah Collins Rudolph lost her older sister, her right eye, her innocence and her dream of becoming a nurse, when a deadly blast ripped through the 16th Street Baptist Church on the morning of Sept. 15, 1963.



One City Schools of Madison, Wisconsin to Purchase $12 Million Facility

One City Schools’ Board of Directors announced its plans to purchase a 157,000 square foot facility for $12 million from WPS Health Solutions to serve as the permanent home for its innovative K-12 public charter schools. One City Elementary School currently enrolls children in grades 4K - 2 and will add third and fourth grades this fall. One City has also been conditionally approved by its charter school authorizer, the University of Wisconsin System’s Office of Educational Opportunity, to open its 6 – 12 grade One City Preparatory Academy in September 2022.



Dr. Torsheika Maddox Promoted to a New Role in Diversity Leadership at UW-Madison

Dr. Torsheika Maddox has advanced to become the inaugural Senior Operations Officer and Chief of Staff to the Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Climate and Chief Diversity Officer in the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA).



Easter Recipes

Southern Corn Bread Recipe Eating corn bread with dinner has long been a southern favorite.  Don't believe me? Just visit any southern dinner table during any family gathering.  There's sure to be some good ole fashioned homemade bread sitting right their on the table for everyone to enjoy. Cornbread is one of many comfort foods. [...]