Vol. 9    No. 3
FEBRUARY 6, 2014

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                      Celebrating Black History
Black History Month has gotten off to a pretty solid start for me. On January 30th, just two days shy of Black
History Month, the first African American to be elected president of the United States, President Barack
Obama, came to Waukesha, Wisconsin, the heart of the Republican Party of Wisconsin and hometown of the
current chair of the Republican Party. But considering all the threats he has faced and all of racially-tinged
mess that he has had to face from the Tea Party, I would say that President Obama is pretty fearless and he
faces the opposition with so much class.

There are two things that I am personally grateful to President Obama for. The first is Obamacare. For about
an eight percent cut in my monthly healthcare premium, I will actually be able to start using the health care
system again, once I can free up the time to go in for a physical and take advantage of other preventative
health services. It is such a relief to know that I can actually access the system instead of paying a higher
premium for catastrophic health care. Thank you President Obama!

And people need to keep in mind that if they want to sign up for Obamacare, they need to do so at www.
healthcare.gov by March 31st. Obtaining affordable healthcare can make the difference between life and
death.

The second thing for which I am thankful is the access that small media outlets like The Capital City Hues
that the Obama administration has granted. According to my photo folder, I have covered President Obama
21 times since 2005. That’s a lot of access that no American president before him has granted. While we
don’t get to hang with the photographers and reporters that travel with President Obama, it feels pretty good
just to witness history and to be up on the riser snapping photo after photo and getting some pretty good
photos — like our front cover — in the process. I hope future presidents will follow President Obama’s
example.

On Page 15 of this issue, we offer a 10-question Black History quiz. I had a good time gathering questions
and answers from a quiz game called Black Fax that was given to me by Myra Shelton. Although I have
studied Black History, Black Fax taught me that I have a lot more to learn. Winners of the quiz will receive
two $50 tickets to see the Complexion Contemporary Ballet performance at the Overture Center on February
19.

According to the Complexion’s website, “The company’s foremost innovation is that dance should be about
removing boundaries, not reinforcing them. Whether it be the limiting traditions of a single style, period,
venue, or culture, Complexions transcends them all, creating an open, continually evolving form of dance
that reflects the movement of our world — and all its constituent cultures — as an interrelated whole.”

On February 5, I witnessed Madison’s own Richard Davis received a resolution, sponsored by Alder Marsha
Rummel, from the city of Madison, in part because of his recent honor as a National Endowment of the Arts
Jazz Master. Cousin Richard — Richard says we all evolved from Africa — is our living link to the heyday of
jazz and jazz history. For the past 50 years or so, Richard has been one of the world’s preeminent jazz
bassists. It’s kind of nice to have this important contributor to Black History still walking and performing
around us. Cousin Richard will grace the front cover of The Hues’ February 20th issue.

As someone who has been around Madison for about 43 years, I have had the privilege to watch Madison’s
Black History evolve. The earliest Black institutions in Madison were St. Paul AME Church, Mt. Zion Baptist
Church and Capitol Lodge #2, the Black Mason organization. Once there were two Black churches, now
there are well over 20. Most have been founded after 1985.

In some ways, the University of Wisconsin-Madison came lately in the founding of institutions that would
assist African American students. After the student strike in the late 1960s led by Kwame Salter. The UW
Afro American Studies Department was formed and a Black student center survived for a few years. But
after some racial incidents in the late 1980s led to a look at race on the UW-Madison campus and the
subsequent Holley Report paved the way for the creation of a multitude of programs including TRIO (now
CeO), Upward Bound and its prodigy the PEOPLE Program, Posse, ITA and all of the other programs UW-
Madison has created to promote diversity on its campus.

Our diversity and people of color institutions on campus and in the community are so young with the vast
majority of them created during my adulthood. How could we, as a society, ever think that equality has been
achieved? There is a whole lot of Black History still to come if we are to ever reach Dr. Martin Luther King’s
Beloved Community. Be a part of Black History and get involved today.
Celebrate Black History
Month