Posts by Harry Hawkins

Walk a Mile

By Harry Hawkins Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Personal responsibility. These are some of the phrases that often come up when whites in Madison and elsewhere talk about the symptoms of racial disparities and the racism that spawned it. The idea is that the problems many African Americans face are self-inflicted, and as such,…

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Endings and Beginnings

By Harry Hawkins The end of the school year means different things to different people. For kids, the promise of summer often leads to emotional countdowns and dreams of playing in the sun. For teachers, it is a time for rest and a time to reenergize. Recently, a child from our ACE program, told Ozanne…

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Black History for Our Day

By Phil Haslanger   It’s relatively easy to sit in a large room with 250 folks – most of us white – and listen to the stories of slavery and segregation and civil rights and to feel horrified and then ashamed and then inspired. It’s not so easy when all that history bumps up against…

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Generosity

By Harry Hawkins Small things can have a significant impact. Think about the last time you had a splinter in your finger or an eyelash that you couldn’t remove quickly from your eye. Thankfully, generosity works the same way. A small act for some can make a huge impact for others. The Allied and Meadowood…

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What’s a Quarter to You?

By Harry Hawkins When I think of a quarter, my thoughts drift toward currency and money. But in this case, a quarter signifies something different. Nehemiah is approaching its 25th year of serving the Madison community, and a bit of reflection is warranted. As we get closer to the big date, we’ll spend some time…

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Grass, Snow and Success

By Carrie Vanderford Sanders Carrie Sanders, Director of Community and Economic Development, has been working with an entrepreneur, Chris Theis, as he is growing his lawn care and snow removal business. Chris, who was recently released from incarceration in 2010, took over his father’s lawn care business, “Just What You Want”, in mid-2016 as his…

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Building a Legacy

By Phil Haslanger   When Lilada Gee starts talking about the sexual assault of black women, she brings a personal passion and a depth of knowledge that illuminates the many facets of this stark reality in our nation.   On the personal side, as she explained to the Black History for a New Day class…

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No Man is an Island

By Harry Hawkins   How do you unwind after a hard day? Do you have someone you can confide in? The answer to those questions most likely revolved around home, and the people who live with you. Imagine, for a moment, if you didn’t have your home and the people in it to help you…

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Black History for a New Day

By Phil Haslanger   Over the course of three evenings in Justified Anger’s “Black History for a New Day,” I ventured into the west African coast prior to the beginnings of the slave trade. Then the Portuguese launched what would become a huge – and immoral – enterprise in collusion with African rulers.   I…

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Butterfly

By Harry Hawkins Transformations are happening all around us. The winter grays are disappearing, replaced by the blues of springs. The grass shakes off the dull brown of winter in exchange for vibrant greens. The same type of life changing transformations is happening with our students through the leadership of Ozanne Anderson in our ACE…

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