Vol. 9    No. 4
FEBRUARY 20, 2014

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                           Something’s Cooking
There has been a renewed sense of activism in the Madison area following the publishing of Race to Equity
by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families last fall. The mainstream media has published a number
of stories concerning issues in the African American community. And a group of 600-700 people showed up
at Fountain of Life Church for a Town Hall Meeting called by Rev. Alex Gee to address the state of Black
Madison.

One of the problems that Madison has had during the past 10 years is having an effective, consistent and
articulate independent civil rights organization to galvanize community discussions about the state of Black
Madison and Dane County and to express community values of what needs to be done. There have been a
myriad of issues on the state level like Voter ID and the reduction of the Medicaid roles that have screamed
for a consistent and respected voice. Reports like Race to Equity are important to update us on what the
problems are. We need continued articulate voices to consistently weigh in on what needs to be done as
well as what needs to be stopped.

For a while now, a concerned group of citizens has been meeting to have a NAACP-Dane County Branch
certified and recognized by the National NAACP. This branch is being started because the issues facing the
African American and other communities of color are evident throughout Dane County, not only in Madison,
but also in Sun Prairie, Middleton and beyond. The proposed branch has been actively recruiting members
from all Dane County communities and is now near the 100 member requirement needed to establish a new
charter and have it recognized.

On Tuesday, February 25th, 6-7:30 p.m., the organizers of the NAACP-Dane County Branch will be hosting a
chartering celebration at the Villager Mall, 2300 S. Park Street in the Community Room. Adults who have
agreed to become charter members as well as individuals who would like to become charter members are
invited to attend. The cost of membership is $30 per year. If you haven’t already done so, bring your check
to the celebration so that you too can have your name of the charter for the NAACP-Dane County Branch.
A consistent voice is needed. Lend your voice to make it more pronounced so that we can move Dane
County — and Wisconsin — forward in preserving the civil rights of all of its residents.
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There will also be something good cooking on Saturday, March 1st, when the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s
20th Annual Men Who Cook scholarship fundraiser is held at the Fitchburg Community Center, 5510 Lacy
Road, 2-5:30 p.m. with the food served at 4 p.m. The AKAs have lined up 18 men to cook for this event. I am
honored to be one of them.

We are no slouches when it comes to cooking. You won’t find us serving up some reheated pork and
beans. All of us cook from scratch. You’ll taste some dynamite barbeque and Puerto Rican beans and rice.
There are some luscious desserts like homemade cookies and there may even be a flan to sample. As I do
every year — this is my 17th or 18th time participating — I will be serving up a Cajun side dish for folks to
enjoy. All of us take pride in what we cook and enjoy the competition. But what we enjoy most is that our
efforts help some students go to college. That’s the best feeling of all.

And the cooks love the camaraderie and sample each other’s dishes after everyone else has been served.
Many of us have been at this for several years or more and look forward to seeing each other, if only this
one time per year. It’s like a family reunion of sorts. And that goes for all of the familiar faces that we see
each year who come to sample our culinary delights. And we hate to disappoint.

It costs $20 to attend and taste-test samples from all 18 cooks. Then you get to vote for your favorites. First,
second and third place People’s Choice trophies are awarded for main dish, side dish and dessert. A panel
of expert judges, cooks from area restaurants, also name winners of the Judges Picks.

It’s a lot of fun and for a worthwhile cause, scholarships for deserving graduating African American high
school students.

For the first time, there will be no tickets sold at the door. You can buy tickets from an Kappa Psi Omega
Chapter member or you can buy them online at http://www.kappa-psi-omega-chapter-alpha-kappa-alpha-
sorority.com/events-projects/   

Come on out to Men Who Cook. You and your taste buds will not be disappointed. I guarantee it!
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Bassist Richard Davis Named an
NEA Jazz Master
Celebrate Black History
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