Vol. 7    No. 8
APRIL 19, 2012

The Capital City Hues
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Jonathan Gramling
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Contributing Writers
Rita Adair, Ike Anyanike, Paul
Barrows, Alfonso Zepeda
Capistran, Theola Carter, Fabu,
Andrew Gramling, Lang Kenneth
Haynes, Eileen Cecille Hocker,
Heidi Pascual,  & Martinez White
Reflections/Jonathan Gramling
I’m not sure when it happened because life is always coming at me as if I am driving 70 miles down the
highway without a windshield, with all kinds of things whizzing by. But at some point, I started to become
one of the older — or should I say more experienced — members of the community. But it seemed as if
almost everything remained the same for about 15 years of my life and then all of a sudden, I started to
notice that children became adults and the icons of my life became fewer and fewer.

One of those icons was Dr. Ben Weller, a village elder of Madison’s African community who died last
week. “Uncle Ben” was a fixture at African community events. A lasting image that I have of him is at the
African Association of Madison/African Women’s Association picnics, sitting in a chair under a tree with
Dr. Bill Bosu at Elver Park. He would just sit there contentedly watching the proceedings and everyone
would stop by and say help at some point during the picnic. He was a quiet man who had a large
presence, his wisdom emanating from his entire being. The African community and the greater Madison
community will miss him.

And after 21 years, Madison’s Juneteenth Celebration is undergoing a transition in leadership. It’s founding
duo, Mona Adams Winston and Annie Weatherby-Flowers have wisely decided to mentor two new levels
and transition out of authority positions, while remaining as sources of wisdom and the lessons of

Jessica Strong and Ronnicia Johnson-Walker are the two new co-chairs. One thing that I have to say
about these two capable women is that they sure enough love to plan events. Strong was very active
with the King Coalition this year planning the King Holiday events. And she helped out with S.S. Morris
AME Church’s 25th anniversary celebration. And for the past two years, Johnson-Walker has been the
chair of Delta Sigma Theta’s Heart & Soul Scholarship Fundraiser. All of these events have turned out to
be successful.

I look forward to watching Strong and Walker-Johnson grow as leaders in our community and keeping the
spirit of Juneteenth Day alive in the Madison area. I hope our community will give them the support that
they deserve.

For the past year, we have had an invasion of Black Greek organizations, a simply wonderful
development. Last year, Omega Psi Phi hosted their regional conference, in their 100th year, at the
Madison Concourse. This year, in their 101st year, the North Central Province of Kappa Alpha Psi hosted
their regional conference also at the Madison Concourse. And in this upcoming week, the largest of them
all, the central regional Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority conference will be filling several hotels near the Capitol
Square and filling Monona Terrace with all kinds of activities. The AKAs are in their 104th year. We
welcome the members of Alpha Kappa Sorority to the Madison area and thank them ahead of time for the
service and financial impact that they will have on our community.

Everett Mitchell, an assistant Dane County DA and deputy director of Madison-area Urban Ministry, will be
taking over the function of community relations director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mitchell is
taking over the restructured position recently filled by Dawn Crim and basically established by the late
LaMarr Billups. This is an important position for the university whose large enrollment and staffing make it a
virtual city within a city. Hopefully Mitchell will be able to build on the work of his predecessors and build
stronger relationships between Madison’s communities of color and the university. We wish you well

And County Executive Joe Parisi selected Charles Tubbs to run the county’s emergency management
system. Tubbs, as you may recall, was the head of the Capitol Police during the Capitol protests last
spring. Due to the professionalism of the Capitol Police under his supervision and the commitment of the
protestors to non-violent protest, the Capitol and the surrounding area hosted swarms of protestors from
all political stripes virtually without incident. And if that wasn’t seasoning enough, Tubbs has been a
national instructor for the Department of Homeland Security. Tubbs should be readily prepared to meet
whatever situation arises in Dane County and have personal connections with whomever is needed to
keep the area safe and secure. Congratulations Charles!