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King Award Winners
COLUMNS & FEATURES
One nice thing about being an “elder” — that sounds so much better than
old man — in the journalism business. A journalist is supposed to be in the
know and has a duty to be nosy about other people’s lives, within reason
and ethical considerations. And after a while, you can see people evolve
from their childhood into adulthood.

I first met Anthony Cooper Sr., one of the recipients of the 2019 King
Humanitarian Award, back in 1994, shortly after he and his mom moved to
Madison and into Sommerset. Sommerset was a wild place back then. It
was situated in the Town of Madison and owned by an absent landlord —
Sommerset was Section 8 housing — who had diverted some of the funds
to other more lucrative projects. What resulted was absolute chaos.

Primarily African American teenagers — but there were adults as well —
would gather in Sommerset’s large central parking area. And inevitable,
there would be a fight and then the police would be called. There were also
drugs and other questionable activities going on daily. It was so bad that
Anchor Bank, the holder of Sommerset’s mortgages, obtained a HUD grant
to basically clean up Sommerset.

A consortium of people and organizations was brought together to work
with the residents. The consortium was led by Lamont Jones and Cephus
Childs and the Madison Inner-City Council on Substance Abuse, which
employed one Sommerset resident, Gloria Pfarr, as its case manager. Joe
McClain and Arts R Prevention were hired to lead some musical activities
and education in the complex including a block party. And I was brought on
as a type of utility player, doing the program evaluation and various other
duties assigned by Lamont Jones.
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