Vol. 13    No. 4
FEBRUARY 19, 2018
Editor's Corner
by Jonathan Gramling
The Urban League at 50
Urban League Received Its Charter on
February 20, 1968
Centro Hispano Reorganizes to Meet
Long-Term Goals and Needs in the
Latino Community
A Powerful Blend of Professionalism
and Passion,
By Jonathan Gramling
An American Oasis from Racism?
Black Expats in Denmark (Part 2),
By Jonathan Gramling
The Naked
by Jamala Rogers
by Heidi M. Pascual
Our Stories
Marlon Banks Publishes The Permanent
Light of Black
Defining the Beauty of Black (Part 2),
By Jonathan Gramling
Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Headline the
Overture Center’s International Festival
Echoing the Dreams of the People
*Seventh Annual Wear Red Event &
Photo Shoot Hosted by Black Women’s
Wellness Foundation: Letting Their
Healthy Hearts Shine
*Eighth Annual Solomon Carter Fuller
Memory Screening Day: Advocating for
Inclusive Research
23rd Annual DST Heart & Soul
Scholarship Ball
Sultry Harlem Nights,
By Hedi Rudd
                                      The Impact of the Urban League

The Urban League of Greater Madison — established as the Madison Urban League — turns 50 years old today. It was
established through the efforts of a multiracial group of social activists who saw the need for an Urban League affiliate in
Madison even though the Black community had fewer than 2,600 residents back then. If my memory serves me correctly,
the Urban League served the smallest Black community of any Urban League affiliate at the time.

In honor of the 50 years that the Urban League has been serving the greater Madison area, The Capital City Hues is
running a three-part series based upon the recollections of people who served in the Urban League beginning in the
1970s and ending with Dr. Ruben Anthony Jr., the current Urban League CEO.

I know that the Urban League has had an important impact on the lives of tens of thousands of Madisonians through the
years. I know this because it had a huge impact on mine.

I have been a social activist since my youth. I remember selling hot chocolate at the local skating rink in the dead of
winter to raise money for orphaned children in India. This was in the early 1960s and I have been volunteering in some
way, shape or form ever since. My activism led me to Mississippi to work on volunteer projects, to attend Alcorn State
University for two years and to work on the Congressional campaign of independent Black candidate Evan Doss in 1978.
While I was attending graduate school at UW-Madison in 1982, a graduate school colleague, Curtis Conner, told me
about a basic skills instructor position that was open at the Madison Urban League. I applied for the position.