The Madison Times – 2/21/2013

Happy Thursday!

Lots of great stuff in The Madison Times this week…

  • The American Red Cross is joining with the Urban League of Greater Madison and Morgridge Center for Public Service to help raise awareness about the need for a diverse blood supply by holding two Sickle Cell Awareness Blood Drives. TMT talks to event organizer Shawnika Hull, an assistant professor at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County’s 4th Annual Hearts for Helping Wine and Cheese Tasting Event will be held Friday, Feb. 22 at Madison Concourse Hotel and will feature Ruben Studdard and Jackie Joyner-Kersey, among others. We chat with BGCDC President and CEO Mike Johnson about the amazing event.
  • The history of the banjo is a complex intermix of African culture, slavery, American music, and modern culture and music. “The Librarian and the Banjo” was held at Madison Public Library’s Lakeview Branch. TMT was there.
  • White House advisor Valerie Jarrett insists that President Obama has launched initiatives and backed legislation that have significantly helped African-Americans throughout his time in office even though there is a perception in some quarters that the nation’s first Black president hasn’t done as much for African Americans as he has for Latinos, gays and lesbians, and other groups. She met with six African-American journalists to address concerns.
Other stories:

  • Lil Wayne insults the memory of Emmett Till
  • WABM’s 5th annual Black Men’s Initiative Forum: You Have The Right To Remain Educated is taking place this weekend on campus
  • St. Mary’s Health Matters page tells you how to keep your heart healthy and lets you know what warning signs there are for a possible heart attack.
The middlespread is a story and many photos from “Emancipation, Freedom, Justice and Equality,” the City of Madison’s Minority Affairs Committee’s annual Black History Month celebration in the Madison Municipal Building lobby on Feb. 15.

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A. David Dahmer, Editor in Chief
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