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brackets, who share a common and genuine vision of friendship and service. While the numbers may pale in comparison to other
organizations, its reach and impact is mighty. The Links, Incorporated has documented over 500,000 community service hours by members
working to enrich and strengthen communities across the world. The work of these distinguished women is anything but one dimensional. They
provide outstanding programming of The Links, Incorporated in five facet areas which include Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and
Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services.
On a local level, Links members tailor programs to their communities' specific needs and implement them strategically through public
information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.Led by dedicated President Julia Holman, the local chapter of
the Links is best known for its African American Student Recognition Program held annually in the spring. The Links has awarded over
$100,000 in scholarships to deserving students in the Dane County area.
On November 11, 2017, the Links will host its 8th Annual Scholarship and Community Recognition Jazz Brunch. At the brunch, six outstanding
community members are slated to be recognized, while featuring the Sun Prairie High School Jazz Ensemble. More importantly, proceeds from
the event will benefit The Links Foundation Incorporated and the Links’ scholarships program. The Jazz Brunch will run from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. at the Crowne Plaza located at 4402 East Washington Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin. For more information contact: madisonlinksinc@gmail.
Learn more about Angela Arrington in this month's YP Spotlight.
Q: Where are you originally from, what brought you to Madison and why have you stayed? What's your educational background?
A: I am originally from Waukegan, Illinois. My job brought me to Madison. Family and career is why I have stayed in Wisconsin.
Q: Tell me about what you do for the State of Wisconsin?
A: Currently, I practice law as an attorney and administrative law judge. I work for the Department of Workforce Development, Unemployment
Q: Do you feel that you have been able to find your support system within the city? What organizations are you professionally and personally
A: Yes, I have found support but I have to admit that I had to be proactive in seeking it out because it was not readily accessible to me when I
first came to Madison some twelve years ago. I met a great number of people through my church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church and then a few
people through my work in state government. Those opportunities of access opened up additional access. Of course, over the years I have
built a very good support system. Organizations that I benefit from at present time are The Madison Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Incorporated, The Madison Metropolitan Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and the YWCA of Madison.
Q: Tell me more about your involvement with the Madison Metropolitan Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. What has it meant for you to be part
of the organization?
A: I have been a member of the Madison Metropolitan Chapter of The Links for the last five years. It has been very rewarding for me to serve
in this chapter in many different roles such as parliamentarian, ethics and standards chair and member of various committees, including
chairing and co-chairing the Annual Scholarship Jazz Brunch in 2013 and 2014.
Being a member of the local Links chapter has allowed me to continue performing community service throughout Dane County. Being able to
raise money for scholarships so deserving high school students can attend college, participating in health initiatives that bring awareness to
our community, or participating in Thanksgiving food drives is very important to me. Also, a big plus of being a member has led to me
extending my sisterhood circle here in Madison and beyond.
Q: The Madison Metropolitan Chapter of the Links has its Annual Jazz Brunch slated for November 11, 2017. What more can you tell me about
A: Well, the scholarship fundraiser has been around for the last eight years. In 2013, the Madison chapter accepted an idea from a few
members who joined in 2012 (Kesha Bozeman, Mary Muse, and myself) to change the format to a jazz brunch. In 2013, we held the fourth
scholarship fundraiser in the format of a jazz brunch. It has been a major success. Because of the format change, we have been able to
increase our scholarship giving.
As for the event itself, we try to feature live acts that perform jazz music and this year we will have the Sun Prairie High School Jazz Ensemble
which comes highly regarded. We thought it would be great to feature young talent! We also highlight our high school scholarship recipients
from the previous year. Of significant importance is that we celebrate members of the community that have performed outstanding community
work. This year we will honor: Barbara Franks, Oscar Mireles, Shelia Stubbs, Dr. Girma Tefera, Dr. Makeba Williams, and Access Community
Q: What are some other civic engagements you are involved in?
A: I just cleared my plate so right now the only three are my local Delta and Links chapters, plus the YWCA of Madison.
Q: What current issues affecting our city are important to you and why?
A: All the issues I am about are economic. One of the biggest issues affecting our city and throughout Dane County is affordability. The cost of
living has definitely increased in a way that leaves so many people in and around Madison struggling economically. It is very concerning that
tax bills throughout Dane County are going up by the tens of thousands of dollars in one year. Rent increasing by hundreds of dollars in a year is
also a big concern. It's becoming more and more difficult for people to afford living in the area. One of the big draws for me when I first moved
to the area was that the cost of living was affordable. Not so much so in 2017.
Another huge issue from a labor and employment perspective is making sure that people have an affordable and livable wage. Wage
stagnation has been a problem for the last 35 years in our country. When the cost of living goes up but wages don't increase, the middle class
shrinks, and the poverty circle widens. I will say that Madison has a decent economy in terms of a low unemployment rate and people working
in steady employment. However, wage stagnation is still a big deal for many residents.
The third issue is concerns with people of various ages, especially communities of color, not being able to have access to three square meals
a day. Food deserts and an overall lack of access to food are a huge concern in the Madison area and points back to the cost of living,
employment and wage concerns. It is my understanding that these issues are being looked at more closely which is a start. Hopefully,
solutions will follow.
Q: What is your proudest accomplishment as a professional?
A: I am thankful to look back and see that I practiced law as long as I have —15 years this past September! I have really enjoyed it. I have
been able to be a part of impacting decisions (in a good way) in the state as an attorney in previous positions I have held as well as in my
current position. It's been a true blessing to do what I have done and I look forward to expanding into some other endeavors with the law as
Q: What advice would you give to young professionals of color who are new to Madison?
A: Get engaged and get involved within the area. Explore the city and even Dane County for opportunity because it is out there. If the
opportunity that you are looking for is not out there, create it.
Q: What is an interesting fact about you that most people do not know?
A: I am a band head, someone that loves all kinds of bands! Think marching, concert and symphonic bands. I primarily played clarinet through
college in various types of bands but also played the oboe for concert and symphonic bands. I played in the orchestra as well.
Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of your work and civic activities?
A: Traveling, hanging out with my friends and family, and getting into new hobbies. I just started taking up Yoga and painting.
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Atty. Angela Arrington
The contributions of African American women to shaping and changing the legal landscape in
Wisconsin are often unrecognized or at best minimized. For the last 15 years, Attorney Angela Arrington
has been blazing her own trail as a practitioner in the private sector, as a government lawyer, and
most recently as an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) for the state of Wisconsin. As an Administrative
Law Judge, she is one of the few African American women maintaining agency expertise in
unemployment insurance law, while independently exercising judicial decision-making authority over
cases brought before her.
Over the years, ALJ Arrington has not only garnered respect for being fair-minded and a straight
shooter, but she has also rooted herself deeply in this community giving back through various
charitable organizations. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, the
nation’s second oldest Black sorority and one of the largest Black women’s organizations worldwide.
She has also been a staunch supporter of the YWCA and its mission of eliminating racism and
In 2012, ALJ Arrington joined the Madison Metropolitan Chapter of the Links Incorporated (“Links”), a
civic group that has existed in Madison since 1985. Internationally, the flagship non-profit, The Links,
Incorporated, is comprised of approximately 14,000 women of color from all walks of life and age