Vol. 12    No. 25
DECEMBER 11, 2017
Reflections/Jonathan Gramling
                                                     Harry and Oscar
Soulful Power of Faith
The SSM Fall Gospel Fest Continues to Please
with the Best in Contemporary Gospel Music
If I remember correctly, Whitehorse was kind of shy and didn’t say much, but his sculptures really did their talking for him. They are beautiful
sculptures that depict Ho-Chunk culture. And so, Harry Whitehorse’s legacy will remain with us for generations to come, a reminder of the first
people who settled in the Madison area. Thank you, Harry, for making Madison a more beautiful place.

And then just a few days ago, it was brought to my attention that Dr. Oscar Shade had died in Florida where he had been staying with his daughter.
Oscar was a pretty big figure in Madison’s African American community back in the 1980s, indeed in the state of Wisconsin.

If my memory serves me correctly, Oscar was the first African American to head a major Wisconsin correctional facility in Wisconsin’s history. He
was the warden of the Racine Correctional Institution located in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.

I personally knew Oscar through the Urban League. He was a board member back in 1983-1984 when I was the interim CEO of the Madison Urban
League and Betty Franklin-Hammonds had been selected to be the new CEO. I remember riding in a car with Oscar, perhaps on E.
Washington Avenue and he was telling me about the incoming CEO and told me that he hoped I would stay on when Betty took the reins of the
agency that May.

And so, for better or worse, Oscar was one of the reasons why I stayed at the Urban League and the rest, as they say, is history.

So thank you Dr. Oscar Shade for influencing my life and I am sure the lives of countless others in the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

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I must say that Donald Trump sure keeps his campaign promises — to his wealthy benefactors. First he made Betsy DeVos his education
secretary. Now DeVos is not an educator. She is a businesswoman who happened to also marry into wealth. And she has used that wealth to
promote the destruction of America’s public education system in favor of private and parochial schools, in essence shifting more money into the
hands of the wealthy few.

And now Trump has declared that the United States has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Now Jerusalem is an important city to
adherents to the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths. Its importance goes back centuries to each of these faiths. And a lot of the land on which
Jerusalem stands today is land that the Palestinians held before Israel started settling Palestinian lands in Jerusalem and the West Bank. In other
words, these are hotly contested lands that are the subject of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. And in any two-state
solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians would include at least part of Jerusalem being in Palestinian hands.

The United States is now just about the only country in the world to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. All others still recognize Tel Aviv.
What a mess that has contributed to more angry and sometimes violent demonstrations in the Middle East.

But it did allow Trump to keep a campaign promise to Sheldon Adelson, a wealthy Las Vegas benefactor who supported Jerusalem’s recognition.
But in keeping that campaign promise to Adelson, many, many people will die or be injured as the violence in the Middle East flares up once
again.

But Trump doesn’t care. And he kept a campaign promise that others will have to pay for. But isn’t that just like Donald Trump? Heaven help us.
While I thought my season for writing remembrances and obituaries had passed with the publication of the last
edition of The Hues, life had something else in mind. During the past two weeks, it saddened me to learn that Harry
Whitehorse had died. Whitehorse was a Madison-based Ho-Chunk Nation sculptor whom I had the privilege to write
two articles about.
The first was when Whitehorse took a dead tree from the Bayview Triangle area and turned it into a beautiful wood
sculpture that sits in the Bayview Community Center. I wrote about it back in 2006.

And then in 2009, a wood carving, The Effigy Tree, that Whitehorse had created in Hudson Park on Madison’s east
side had begun to show the wear and tear of the years. And so a grant was found that allowed the city to have the
sculpture coated bronze and it still sits in Hudson Park for the ages.

“The celebration was the rededication of the Effigy Tree, a sculpture that was carved by Ho-Chunk artist Harry
Whitehorse in 1991 out of what remained after a bolt of lightning destroyed a hackberry tree in Hudson Park,” I
wrote back then. “Whitehorse carved a spectacular wooden sculpture that depicted the figures of a wolf, a bear
and cub, a thunderbird and an eagle, symbols of Ho-Chunk clans. At the top, according to Whitehorse, is “the very
Indian face which looks out over the lake, a tribute to those who consecrated this ground and built its mounds so
many, many generations ago.”
Harry Whitehorse
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Education Center
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