"What They See Is What They'll Be"

News from the 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc.

April 2018
3 April
Spring Election
In Honor of Those Who Came Before Us... Vote!
Although for many citizens, Election Day is just another day, for African Americans, Election Day has special meaning. Aside from participating in an activity that will determine who will preside over the affairs of our government, Election Day for the African-American Community affords the rare opportunity to attempt to pay the debt that we owe to those amazing heroes and heroines who fought and died to provide us the privilege of voting.
It took the eventual passage of four constitutional Amendments, the 14th, 15th, 19th, and 24th and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 before all African Americans could freely vote in the U.S.

In the hotly contested election of 2016, one hundred two MILLION, seven hundred and thirty one THOUSAND ( 102,731,000 ) eligible voters did not vote .

Although many view this percentage as positive, given the years of pain and suffering endured by our relatives who built this country, fought its wars and raised its children, we as African Americans, collectively, should be ashamed. One-third of eligible African-American voters not voting is unacceptable.

Our forefathers and foremothers did not allow transportation issues, bad weather, bad jobs, political games, illiteracy, threats, bodily injury, assault, etc. to dissuade them from exercising their right to vote.

As you contemplate your freedom to vote or not to vote, remember who provided the option of that freedom and what they paid.

Today's Election

Arguably, one of the most important elections this year is taking place, today.

This election will determine a seat on the Madison Metropolitan School Board, a Ten Year Term of a Dane County Judge and an amendment to the State of Wisconsin Constitution.
Candidates Anne Moffit (Top Left) and Gloria Reyes (Top Right) are competing for Seat 1 of the Madison School Board. Candidates Marilyn Townsend (Bottom Left) and Susan M. Crawford (Bottom Right) are contending for Judge of Branch 1 of the Dane County Circuit Court.
Additionally, voters will determine the passage of an amendment to delete the office of state treasurer from the constitution.
Given the crucial outcomes derived by our Educational and Judicial System, please, please vote.
7 April
African American History Challenge Bowl

The 2018 African American History Challenge Bowl will be held Saturday, 7 April at the Doyle Administration Building of the Madison Metropolitan School District.
The 100 Black Men of Madison African American History Challenge Bowl (AAHCB) is an educational program designed to enhance the appreciation and study of African American history.

In its 24th consecutive year of operation, the AAHCB is open to all Madison Metropolitan School District Middle School Students with the goal of encouraging pride, self-worth and an appreciation of the African American legacy and culture.

The AAHCB is also a challenging and fun way for students to expand their knowledge of African American History in highly competitive local and national competitions.

Pictured above are the 2017 National Champions  Pawan Baral,  Micah Asplund, and Jaden Wynn.

Sun Prairie High School Black Student Union Seeks Solutions to Community Health

The Hack4Health activity at Sun Prairie High School, sponsored by Walmart & the  100 Black Men of America, Inc. is an activity to create health solutions for Communities of Color.
The Program Goals & Objectives are to educate students to select healthy food options to reduce obesity, increase utilization of Health Assets to improve disease prevention and reduce symptoms of heart disease, recognize health liabilities to improve BMI (Body Mass Index) scores, Increase contact and connections with health resources to improve health aptitude and knowledge scores, Identify and avoid unhealthy food choices to improve personal health management skills and reduce hypertension.
The Sun Prairie students are nurtured, guided and developed by Danyelle Wright, Dean of Students, English Teacher Faith Stevenson, and Associate Principal, Nicole Toephfer.

First Northwest Airlines African American Pilot
to Address Project SOAR Students

Woodson (Woodie) Fountain will share his wisdom and experiences with students of the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Verona Area School District, 27 April at the Overture Center - Madison.
Starting his airline career just as the tumultuous decade of the '60s was coming to a close, Mr. Fountain became the first African American pilot hired by Northwest Airlines in June of 1969.

In 1960 as a Howard University ROTC cadet, Mr. Fountain received his first airplane ride, a C-47 orientation flight to Stewart Air Force Base in New York, under the command of Major Chuck Dryden, an original Tuskegee Airman.

Mr. Woodson's military service would take him from Edwards Air Force Base as a Flight Test Engineer to Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma before joining Northwest Airlines. Instructed on the Boeing 727, 757 and the Airbus 320, he was among the original cadre of U.S. pilots to train on the Airbus 320 in Toulouse, France.

2 May
Project SOAR Mentor, Mentee, and Educator Recognition Ceremony

The 7th Annual Project SOAR Mentor, Mentee, and Educator Recognition Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 2 May at 6:00 p.m.

Within the context of our community, there are few actions more important than the education and mentoring of African American children.

In concert with our Mission and Values, the 100 Black Men of Madison seek to recognize those educators, mentees, and mentors who have demonstrated an extraordinary sense of humility and a strong commitment to continual improvement, based upon a fundamental motivation to inspire student success.

At this event, those who have made positive differences in the lives of our children will be recognized and celebrated.

A Donation to Inspire...
"Constance Baker Motley: One Woman's Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice under Law" (A Biography)

In support of the 100 Black Men of Madison's Initiative, "If You Cannot Read, Nothing Matters" a copy of the book, Constance Baker Motley: One Woman's Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice under Law will be donated to all middle and high School Libraries of the Madison Metropolitan School District, Sun Prairie Area School District and the Verona Area School District.

Constance Baker Motley was an African American woman; the daughter of immigrants from Nevis, British West Indies; a wife; and a mother who became a pioneer and trailblazer in the legal profession. She broke down barriers, overcame gender constraints, and operated outside the boundaries placed on black women by society and the civil rights movement.

In Constance Baker Motley: One Woman's Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice under Law, Gary L. Ford Jr. explores the key role Motley played in the legal fight to desegregate public schools as well as colleges, universities, housing, transportation, lunch counters, museums, libraries, parks, and other public accommodations.

The only female attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Motley was also the only woman who argued desegregation cases in court during much of the civil rights movement. From 1946 through 1964, she was a key litigator and legal strategist for landmark civil rights cases including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and represented Martin Luther King Jr. as well as other protesters arrested and jailed as a result of their participation in sit-ins, marches, and freedom rides.

In 1966, Constance Baker Motley became the first African-American, Female federal judge.



The Mission of the 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.


100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create environments where our children are motivated to achieve, and to empower our people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve.



100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. is committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity.



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Madison, WI 53701
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