Frozen In Time

By Harry Hawkins Can a moment change your life? That was the topic of conversation as I spoke with Anthony Cooper, Director of Re-entry for Nehemiah, and a facilitator of the program. They talked about a young man named James*, a participant in the Man-Up Program. The men of the group meet every Tuesday and…

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Looking for a Better Summer Job?

Nehemiah’s ACE Program (Academic Center for Excellence) is preparing for Summer of 2017. There are a number of employment opportunities available on our employment page. The camp runs seven weeks in July and August. Nehemiah’s Vision: Engaging the greater Madison community to empower African American individuals, families and communities to bring about hope, transformation, and…

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Aftermath

by Harry Hawkins November 9, 2016. A day marked with emotions. Some reveled in their candidate’s victory. Others mourned the losses accrued the night before. People tweeted, made posts on Facebook, conversed over coffee and made memes to share online. In Madison, there were some who saw the election of 2016 as a blow to…

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Lesson 2: Equity in Education

Equity in Education Requires Changing Narratives, Sharing Power By Phil Haslanger   If you are going to have a conversation with Shahanna McKinney-Baldon about student achievement, you will learn quickly that simple words and simple answers will not get our schools very far in helping students achieve their highest potential.   McKinney-Baldon is no stranger…

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Lesson 1: Cultural Competency. Do You have implicit bias?

By Harry Hawkins   Racial Bias is like your scent; it travels with you everywhere. Because this is true, understanding yourself is the first step in cultural competence. As we move forward together in taking a look at the racial disparity in the education system, it is imperative that we understand what enters into the…

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Five generations enrich Madison

Five generations enrich Madison By Phil Haslanger   It’s a family whose life in Madison stretches across five generations, across almost a century. It’s a family whose work has touched health care and business, education and public safety, church and culture. It’s a family whose matriarch came to Madison and did domestic work and who…

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Product of the Justified Anger History Class

By Jake Winkler What’s the atheist doing in the church basement? There’s no wedding. It’s Wednesday morning. Maybe it’s better to ask what a white kid from rural Wisconsin is doing talking race with a black pastor. Better yet: why aren’t more white people talking race with more white people? Reverend Gee thinks a big…

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Justified Anger and Nehemiah Team Up in Leadership Development

By Lisa Speckhard This fall, Nehemiah started a training and support program to grow and support black leaders in the Madison community. One of the stated five focus areas of Justified Anger is leadership and capacity development; Our Madison Plan states that Justified Anger wants to “increase the number of African-Americans in leadership positions in a…

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TDS Loan

  By Phil Haslanger When Rev. Alex Gee was considering ways to translate into action the ideas underneath the Justified Anger movement and the subsequent Our Madison Plan, he knew that it would take some talented individuals to fill the operational roles. They would catalyze efforts to eliminate racial disparities and empower the African American community…

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Stand With Us (Video)

Alex Gee, Nehemiah

I want to thank you for your support by sharing a story with you, and a few words in the video (bottom of page). Fatherlessness was stifling Marcus. This 7th grade student often found himself trapped between pain and anger – both of which resulted in him shutting down emotionally and doubting himself. This kind…

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