November 2019

Features:

Over the last 10 years, the right to vote for African Americans and other vulnerable communities has been under attack like no period since the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Voters elected five new Black women to the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections, contributing to the most diverse Congress in its history. Before the election, there were 19 Black women serving in Congress as well as two non-voting delegates. After January’s swearing in ceremony there are now 23 Black women in Congress — 22 of whom are now serving in the House. One incumbent — GOP Representative Mia Love of Utah — lost her bid for reelection.
During presidential campaigns, politics is a major topic in African American common spaces such as barbershops, salons, churches, neighborhoods, and now, Black Twitter. Social media can, in many cases, sway Black voters’ decision of who to back on their ballots. This article explains what Black Twitter is.

UMOJA Inside:


A Season for Family

Cover: Good Times Artist: John Holyfield  johnholyfield.com



UMOJA Publisher/Editor: A Heartfelt Gratitude in This Time of Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends. It is a time to be both thankful and thoughtful in ways that too often get lost in the daily demands of life.



Q&A with Dr. Linda Vakunta, Madison’s New Housing Czar

Dr. Linda Vakunta is a remarkable person. A deputy mayor in the Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway administration, Vakunta is dedicated to helping those who often find it difficult to help themselves.



Hip-Hop Choreographer Duane Lee Holland Jr. Joins UW-Madison Dance Department Faculty

Choreographer and performer Duane Lee Holland Jr. joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Department this semester as its first hip-hop scholar on the faculty.



National Urban League Fights Back Against Voter Suppression, Foreign Interference

Over the last 10 years, the right to vote for African Americans and other vulnerable communities has been under attack like no period since the Voting Rights Act of 1965.



African Americans Right to Vote



Black Women Are Looking Forward to the 2020 Election

Voters elected five new Black women to the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections, contributing to the most diverse Congress in its history. Before the election, there were 19 Black women serving in Congress as well as two non-voting delegates. After January’s swearing in ceremony there are now 23 Black women in Congress — 22 of whom are now serving in the House. One incumbent — GOP Representative Mia Love of Utah — lost her bid for reelection.



Voting is a Privilege That’s Worth Taking a Stand, or Sometimes a Seat Fighting Voter Intimidation

When it comes to voting, Davette Baker isn’t new to this. She’s true to this.



Black Twitter 101: What Is It? Where Did It Originate? Where Is It Headed?

During presidential campaigns, politics is a major topic in African American common spaces such as barbershops, salons, churches, neighborhoods, and now, Black Twitter. Social media can, in many cases, sway Black voters’ decision of who to back on their ballots. This article explains what Black Twitter is.



How to Register to Vote



Politicians, Delegates, Activists, and Celebrities to Visit Milwaukee for 2020 Democratic National Convention

The 2020 Democratic National Convention will be in Milwaukee this summer, bringing an estimated 50,000 people set to descend on a city. Two-thousand events are expected to take place in southeast Wisconsin including meetings, rallies, meals and social events. Selected over Houston and Miami, Milwaukee is preparing to roll out the red carpet for the biggest event in city history.



High-flying Empowerment

It’s not every Friday night that stilt walkers, spoken word artists and community service awards take place at the same event. But on a windy autumn night in October, all three, came together as the Urban League of Greater Madison celebrated another year of providing economic development leadership for the Madison community.



“When We Fight, We Win”: NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner Inspires, Engages Attendees

The Dane County Branch of the NAACP celebrated its sixth annual Freedom Fund Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club. The dinner highlighted the work the local branch has accomplished in the last year, while setting the stage for a very intense 2020 calendar as the U.S. Census and elections begin to fill the public consciousness. This year’s theme, “When We Fight, We Win,” emphasizes the importance of standing up and being counted in what many believe will be the most crucial census count and general election in recent memory.



Faculty of Color Reception

The University of Wisconsin-Madison annual fall Faculty of Color Reception this year welcomed more than 60 newly-hired faculty of color to the campus and recognized more than two dozen others who were promoted at assistant and full professor over the past year.



Marquette University EOP Program Recognizes 50 Years of Turning Lives Arounds

Lottie Smith grew up in a home where education was as sacred as the Holy Bible. Raised in the Hillside Terrace Housing Project just north of downtown Milwaukee, her mother didn’t except excuses for schoolwork not getting done. It paid off for Smith who graduated top of her class at Lincoln High School.



Meet the Student Who Bravely Exposed the Festering Wound of Racism on UW-Madison’s Campus

Homecoming is a time to have fun with friends and take pride in your college. That is not my experience here at the University of Wisconsin Madison. I am invisible here. Not literally, but as an African American woman student on this campus, that is how I feel.



Remembering Our Veterans: Why We Say ‘Thank you for your service!’

It is that time again. Across the nation, people are getting ready to celebrate Veterans Day. 



UMOJA Shorts – November

The Department of Afro-American Studies at UW-Madison Welcomes 2 New Faculty Members Mosi Adesina Ifatunji and Brittney Michelle Edmonds are newest members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ifatunji is an assistant professor in the Department of Afro American Studies, where he also holds affiliations in the Department of Sociology and at the Center for Demography [...]