Vol. 15  No. 25
DECEMBER 14, 2020
Our Stories
Columns & Features
by Heidi M. Pascual
The Naked
by Jamala Rogers
Editor's Corner
by Jonathan Gramling      
An Altered State Holiday
As we get deeper into this COVID-19 thing — and we are the backside going downhill to an almost normal
life again — I appreciate the things that I used to do out in the real world. There were some of them that I
liked to do and some that I didn’t. Now what I would give to be able to do the things that I even didn’t like to
do. On some levels, it will be like doing them all over again for the first time.
The Naked
by Jamala Rogers
But this year, because of the pandemic, it seems that there are few things going on in my life to remind me of and prepare me for the holiday season. In November,
we would always have the Madison Metropolitan Links’ Community Service Awards event to go to. It has always been a special moment as The Links honored some
very fine community activists who give, give, and give some more to the community. And all of the proceeds would go towards The Link’s scholarship program the
next spring. It always seemed like a family reunion, seeing people I hadn’t seen for a while and taking photos of just about everyone in the room because they were
looking so sharp and looked genuinely happy to be there. Oh, how I miss my Links sisters.

Dr. Floyd Rose and 100 Black Men would always host a Christmas event to collect toys for Tots for Kids. People would show up with a toy and socialize and then
representatives from the U.S. Marines would come by and accept the toys on behalf of the program. Moments of kindness like these are sorely missed.

Out at Lussier Community Education Center — and I am sure many other centers — Soul Santa would make an appearance to give out gifts that had been donated by
community members while the West Madison Optimist Club Christmas Party was going on. And except for the occasional scared or shy toddler, the kids loved
getting their photo taken with Soul Santa. Again it just filled the heart with warmth to see the outpouring of kindness and consideration.

I was truly feeling a void on the first Saturday of December because the Wisconsin Women of Color’s Holiday Scholarship Fundraiser wasn’t happening for the first
time in memory. Mother Agnes Cammer would lead the holiday cheer as women-owned enterprises lined the walls of the room and then some selling all kinds of
Christmas-quality presents. Many of the WWOCN members would do all of their shopping right there. And then there was the silent auction whose proceeds funded
WWOCN’s scholarship program. I’ve been a member of WWOCN for the past 12 years and I fully felt a part of the festivities. As everyone gets up there in age, I
pray that God will keep them safe until next year’s celebration.--
Dr. Jonathan Overby Planning a
Wide-Ranging 2021 King Holiday Celebration
Avoiding the Holiday Blues
By Alphonso Gibbs Jr. of the Men’s Health
Can You Hear Us
By Kwame Salter
Even more than normal — due to staying busy and going from one task immediately into the next — I am hardly aware that Christmas,
Kwanzaa, Hanukah and other winter holidays are just around the corner. Heck, in a little over a week, we will be beyond the shortest day of
the year and on our way to the warm days of summer.