African Americans

There is a deep history of African American farms and cooperative living strategies. UW-Madison professor of environmental justice Monica M. White writes of its impact on farming movements of today in her new book, "Freedom Farmers." Read more

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A community theater organization and UW Department of Afro-American Studies create a co-production of Alice Childress’ groundbreaking play, "Trouble in Mind." Read more


African Americans started putting down roots in Madison in the 1800s. A new collection of oral histories from the descendants of these pioneers capture what life was like for these early settlers. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Black-owned businesses are growing, but still lag behind their white counterparts. Several organizations in Madison are trying to help them make connections, get attention and raise money. Read more



Lauren Justice

Ajani Carr’s young life has been riddled with tragedy. But the 13-year-old is focusing on making a difference, spearheading a new group, Building Bosses, to fight for equity and understanding. Read more

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Judith Davidoff

An overflow crowd attended the first Black Business Expo. With 43 vendors there, organizer Sabrina “Heymiss Progress” said it exceeded her expectations. Read more


It’s no secret that people of color are underrepresented in journalism — it’s a problem in Madison and in newsrooms across the country. This summer, a new academy from Madison365 hopes to inspire young minority reporters to take up the trade. Read more



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​Keeping seniors active keeps them independent longer — and aids in overall health. The PALS program aims to do so, and is expanding statewide. Read more