December 2020

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Wake up. Fight for truth. Rest. Repeat. For six decades, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. awakens ready to doggedly pursue equality on the battlefield of injustice. The legendary foot soldier in the Civil Rights Movement, tirelessly moves forward armed with a sword of truth, a shield of faith, and a courageous heart filled with hope.
What a historic election! The American people chose president-elect Joe Biden and his running mate vice president-elect Kamala Devi Harris to lead the highest seats in the land. There will be countless historical and political analyses of the 2020 Presidential Election, but for women and people of color, now is the time for the stories to be told and shared.
During his address to the Madison Region’s Economic Development and Diversity Summit on Oct. 22, Marc Morial said that when he was the mayor of New Orleans a local activist used to argue for aid to low-income neighborhoods by employing an unforgettable culinary metaphor.
I was asked to share my thoughts on the lessons we have learned about this tumultuous year. Given the fact that this year has left many angry, exhausted, and depressed, how should Christians, especially Black Christians, prepare spiritually for the new year?
For better or worse, 2020 has changed us. For many, this has been an incredibly challenging, transformative, and life-changing year. Looking back, many can attest to lessons learned about resilience, community, health, and courage. We need to hang on to these essential life lessons before returning to whatever new normal awaits us. So, as we prepare to bid 2020 adieu, think for a minute … what life lesson did you learn this year? Residents around Wisconsin and portions of Illinois shed light on the lessons they have learned amid these unprecedented times.
Take a deep breath. The end of 2020 is in sight. Whooo-saaaah!

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Once More, Hope is Reborn

Wake up. Fight for truth. Rest. Repeat. For six decades, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. awakens ready to doggedly pursue equality on the battlefield of injustice. The legendary foot soldier in the Civil Rights Movement, tirelessly moves forward armed with a sword of truth, a shield of faith, and a courageous heart filled with hope.



Kamala Harris Solidifies Monumental Moment in Black History

What a historic election! The American people chose president-elect Joe Biden and his running mate vice president-elect Kamala Devi Harris to lead the highest seats in the land. There will be countless historical and political analyses of the 2020 Presidential Election, but for women and people of color, now is the time for the stories to be told and shared.



Marc Morial Plugs “Main Street Marshall Plan”

During his address to the Madison Region’s Economic Development and Diversity Summit on Oct. 22, Marc Morial said that when he was the mayor of New Orleans a local activist used to argue for aid to low-income neighborhoods by employing an unforgettable culinary metaphor.



Don’t Despair, A New Day is Coming!

I was asked to share my thoughts on the lessons we have learned about this tumultuous year. Given the fact that this year has left many angry, exhausted, and depressed, how should Christians, especially Black Christians, prepare spiritually for the new year?



Going Forward, Guided By the Past.

For better or worse, 2020 has changed us. For many, this has been an incredibly challenging, transformative, and life-changing year. Looking back, many can attest to lessons learned about resilience, community, health, and courage. We need to hang on to these essential life lessons before returning to whatever new normal awaits us. So, as we prepare to bid 2020 adieu, think for a minute … what life lesson did you learn this year? Residents around Wisconsin and portions of Illinois shed light on the lessons they have learned amid these unprecedented times.



2021 Scholarships

Air Force Aid Society Hap Arnold Grant NUMBER: N/AAMOUNT: $500 to $4,000DEADLINE: Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year available January 2021.CONTACT/CRITERIA: Go to https://afas.org/haparnoldgrant/ for more information and eligibility requirements. Must be dependent children of active duty, retired or deceased Air Force members. Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship NUMBER: 25AMOUNT: $1,000DEADLINE: Applications open from Dec. 1, [...]



Justice Trailblazer Nia Enemuoh-Trammell

The honorable Nia Enemuoh-Trammell was sworn in on Oct. 12, becoming the sixth Black woman to serve as a judge in Wisconsin history. The new Dane County Circuit Court judge is the first Black woman to serve as a magistrate outside of Milwaukee County.



Black Thought Wall Madison

A Sanctuary for Black Expression Imagine living in a world that holds thoughts of Black people in the highest regards. Can you see it?  The Black perspective ꟷ what’s valued and what’s envisioned for the whole of humanity ꟷ  are the authentic narratives being shared through words and images on a newly constructed Black Thought [...]



Urban Triage Holds Grand Opening for New Office and Community Space

Urban Triage, Inc. held a grand opening on Nov. 15 for its new office and community space, located at 2312 South Park Street in Madison.



Kwanzaa: Honoring African Americans’ Ancestral Roots

Let the Kwanzaa celebration be even more meaningful to you in 2020 than ever before.



A Very Merry SANTA-tized Christmas

For months many have struggled with how to do our jobs in the age of COVID-19. We wear masks, we socially distance and we quarantine. As Christmas approaches, one person faces extra challenges as his job is to travel extensively and have close contact with millions ꟷ Santa Claus.



Christmas Carol

Ring out, ye bells! All Nature swells With gladness at the wondrous story...



The Top Habits That Are Stopping You From Becoming Rich and Wealthy

Did you know, if you put $5 into a savings account every single morning when you woke up for the next ten years, you would have a savings account at the end totalling $18,250? When it comes to being rich, we all love the idea of having millions in the bank, but what most people don’t realise is that it’s not earning a ton of money that makes people rich, it’s the mindset and habits that go with their lifestyle.



The Time is NOW to brand like Beyoncé

She will go down as one of the world’s greatest entertainers, fashion icons, and entrepreneurs of our time. It cannot be denied that she is one of the hardest working women in show business. Her brand? It is one that is simply unmatched.



UMOJA SHORTS — December 2020

Democrat Samba Baldeh is the First Muslim Elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature WISN-TV Voters in Madison have elected the first Muslim to the Wisconsin Legislature. Democrat Samba Baldeh currently represents Madison’s 17th District on the Common Council. He has served in his role since 2015. Baldeh defeated Republican Samuel Anderson by a vote of [...]



UMOJA Publisher/Editor: Renewing Hope for a Joyous Season

Take a deep breath. The end of 2020 is in sight. Whooo-saaaah!