Vol. 13   No. 5
MARCH 5, 2018
History Month!
Editor's Corner
by Jonathan Gramling

Jonathan Gramling
Publisher & Editor

Staff Reporter
Hedi Rudd

Contributing Writers
Lisa Peyton-Caire, Sujhey Beisser, Wayne Strong,
Fabu, Kwame Salter, Heidi Pascual, Nia Trammell,
Nichelle Nichols, Jamala Rogers, Kipp Thomas,
and Donna Parker

Heidi M. Pascual

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Creatively Letting Your Heart Flow,
By Jonathan Gramling

A Guest Column by
Jasmine Winston
Exploring the
Complexity of
South Africa
                                   Women's History and DACA

I must admit that it was a little difficult getting this issue of The Capital City Hues out although in my very biased
opinion, it is a great one. This marks the close of 12 full years of publishing The Capital City Hues. That’s 312
issues, one issue every two weeks without fail. That’s also over 6,000 pages, enough content to publish a few
copies of Dostoyevsky’s War and Peace. Hidden in those pages are a lot of pearls of wisdom spoken by our many
interviewees and columnists. I might have even snuck in a few myself.

It’s sometimes hard putting this edition out each March because it closes another chapter on the life of the paper.
And we lost two of our columnists during our 12th year, Paul Kusuda and Lang Kenneth Haynes. I am so grateful
for their contributions to The Hues and to the Madison community. Both of them were wellsprings of ideas and
humanity, very, very deep wells. And I and many others miss them and always will.

This issue was also a challenge because there were so many “moving parts” to this issue. Usually I interview 1-4
people at the same time or cover an event for the source of the articles that I write. My dear friend Sharyl Kato
suggested to me some time ago that I should do a story on the women of color CEOs of non-profits in Dane
County. A couple of months ago, I decided to do it for our Women’s History Month issue because these women
definitely are making history.

Well it involved checking around with several people to figure out if I was aware of all of them.
 And we came up
with 12 women CEOs. And if I have missed someone, please forgive me and I take full responsibility. After hearing
back from my “informal consultants,” I sent out an email to all of the women who had been identified asking them
to participate and I received a unanimous response of yes. It took several rounds of emails to set up a date and time
and we gathered for about 30 minutes in United Way’s lobby to take the photo. That was an accomplishment in

But then they also had to complete the questionnaire that I had developed and that was a challenge. These are some
high-powered women with immense professional responsibilities, not to speak of their family and community
responsibilities. I basically had to “case manage” several of the respondents to pull their priorities in my direction
has they dealt with a multitude of tasks. It was challenging, but we got the job done.

Now originally, this was supposed to be a one and done middle spread project. But as I started to place the CEO’s
responses in the paper, I quickly realized that it would take two issues to cover them all. And while I always
copyedit pieces that are sent to me, I didn’t want to edit their responses to fit into the space allowed. The fullness
of their responses reveals the unique circumstances that they find themselves in and the missions that they
passionately pursue. It also reveals similarities in their professional roles and how they deal with them. And so I
decided to run their profiles in our two March editions.

Our Women’s History Month issue also features a column by Jasmine Winston who spent a semester in
Johannesburg, South Africa, a kind of high school year abroad. Jasmine writes about the things that she
experienced and her observations about South Africa. I found it to be a wonderful read.

Executive Sisterhood
Women of Color Non-Profit
CEOs talk about their experiences
providing leadership
10th Annual UW-Madison
Outstanding Women of Color
Trailblazers and Achievers,
By Jonathan Gramling
The Naked
by Jamala Rogers
by Heidi M. Pascual
Urban League Received Its Charter on
February 20, 1968
The Urban League at 50
(Part 2 of 4)
By Jonathan Gramling
Letter to the

The Road to Declining
African American
Achievement in
SPASD is Paved
with Good Intentions

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