May/June 2020

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Surrounded by loving family and friends, Milele Chikasa Anana made her peaceful transition today from the natural world back into the arms of the ancestors. An icon for racial and social justice, and the champion of our good news was 86.
Cherished memories and loving stories of the life and legacy of Milele Chikasa Anana are voluminous. Here is a sampling of tributes to an unforgettable woman.
Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama ran so we could fly. And Milele Chikasa Anana wrote so we could soar!
He climbed a long way out of the poverty and crime-filled neighborhood of Yonkers, New York, to ascend to the top levels of Wisconsin State government. Dr. Ruben L. Anthony Jr.’s creative and innovative brand of leadership places him high among other nonprofit leaders. He now conquers new territory in his present role as president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison.
Dr. India Anderson-Carter’s life path has come full circle. The Madison native who used to play doctor with her toy medicine kit as a child, graduated this spring from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a doctoral degree. Equally exciting for Anderson-Carter is that she will be conducting part of her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the hospital where she was born.
My name is Dr. Darrell L. Williams and I am the proud administrator of the Division of Wisconsin Emergency Management for the state of Wisconsin. The mission of Wisconsin Emergency Manage-ment Agency (WEM) is to build capabilities and coordinate resources to support a safe and resilient Wisconsin.

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Education is Liberation

Cover: This piece was created during USC Black History Month Banner Project for LA Commons; designed by Linsey Montgomery. Artist: Noni Olabisi



Milele Chikasa Anana: We Speak Her Name

Surrounded by loving family and friends, Milele Chikasa Anana made her peaceful transition today from the natural world back into the arms of the ancestors. An icon for racial and social justice, and the champion of our good news was 86.



Tributes to Our First Lady of Madison: Milele Chikasa Anana

Cherished memories and loving stories of the life and legacy of Milele Chikasa Anana are voluminous. Here is a sampling of tributes to an unforgettable woman.



UMOJA Publisher/Editor: Milele Chikasa Anana: Unfillable Shoes

Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama ran so we could fly. And Milele Chikasa Anana wrote so we could soar!



Front and Center: Dr. Ruben Anthony Pivots the Urban League of Greater Madison to the National Stage

He climbed a long way out of the poverty and crime-filled neighborhood of Yonkers, New York, to ascend to the top levels of Wisconsin State government. Dr. Ruben L. Anthony Jr.’s creative and innovative brand of leadership places him high among other nonprofit leaders. He now conquers new territory in his present role as president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison.



The Road to Residency

Dr. India Anderson-Carter’s life path has come full circle. The Madison native who used to play doctor with her toy medicine kit as a child, graduated this spring from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a doctoral degree. Equally exciting for Anderson-Carter is that she will be conducting part of her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the hospital where she was born.



Extraordinary Leadership During Extraordinary Times: An Open Letter to My Fellow Wisconsinites

My name is Dr. Darrell L. Williams and I am the proud administrator of the Division of Wisconsin Emergency Management for the state of Wisconsin. The mission of Wisconsin Emergency Manage-ment Agency (WEM) is to build capabilities and coordinate resources to support a safe and resilient Wisconsin.



Virtual Pomp and Circumstance: The Class of 2020 Perseveres

"Congrats to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s class of 2020. You may now move your tassel from right to left.” As a senior, I have been waiting four years to hear that phrase. One of the first people in my family to graduate from a four-year university, I earned the right to sit side-by-side, next to [...]



2020 College Graduates

Ahmed Ibrahim, a 2020 Graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Madison, received two Bachelors of Sciences degrees in Neurobiology and Psychology, as well as a Certificate in African-American Studies. College of Agricultural and Life Sciences African American Graduates Spring/Summer 2020 Nia CayenneB.S. majoring in Biochemistry Adaugo ChukwuB.S. majoring in AgriculturalBusiness Management Kevin CrosbyB.S. majoring in [...]



2020 High School Graduates

Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart Camille Miles is grading this spring from Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart. Camille was actively involved in PATCH (Providers and Teens Communicating for Health), the Black Student Union, Multicultural Club, Green EDGE Environmental Club, STAR (Sisters Taking Active Roles), Varsity Soccer and Track and Field. This [...]



Simone Lawrence: An Unsung Frontline Hero

Simone Lawrence spends every Friday and every other Saturday working as a certified nursing assistant at UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital, helping stroke victims and brain injury patients as they struggle to learn to walk and talk again.



Heart of Courage Amid Unsettling Crisis

Say the word hero and one might quickly imagine cape crusaders who are able to stop a locomotive with a single punch or save a damsel-in-distress by whisking her away from harm at the speed of light.



Will We Wave Goodbye to the Handshake?

Since the arrival of Covid-19, we are have distanced ourselves from one another. Our personal space is now 6 feet and our groups are 10 people or less. We cover our faces and wear latex gloves. We wave at one other from a distance. This could very well kill a ritual that has been with us for a long time. Of course, I’m talking about the handshake.



UMOJA SHORTS — May/June 2020

Jackie Hunt Honored with 2020 Nan Cheney March for Justice Award It has been a long and winding road for Jacquelyn Hunt, but her journey has shaped her into a caring, compassionate and empathetic person who goes by “Auntie Jackie” to more than just her family. Hunt is the founder and CEO of F.O.S.T.E.R. of [...]