Dr. Alex Gee welcomes his friend, General Marcia Anderson, to the Black Like Me podcast. They discuss the trajectory of her career as both a woman and African American in the military. She is a trailblazer in her service and work, exemplifying integrity and leadership. In 2011 she became the first African-American woman to become a major general in the United States Army Reserve.
This episode is part of Dr. Alex Gee’s “Our Madison” series, looking at the history of Madison, WI from the perspective of different generations born in the city. Dr. Gee talks with Pia Kinney James, who was born and raised in South Madison and was the first Black woman to serve on the Madison police department. Now retired, she still devotes her time to mentoring officers and community members alike, building a lasting bridge between the two.
Kinney James has also done extensive genealogical research into her family’s history and made some startling discoveries. Don’t miss her amazing stories that reveal so much about American history and it’s systems.
This episode continues Dr. Alex Gee’s “Our Madison” series, looking at the history of Madison, WI from the perspective of different generations born in the city. Three young African American women discuss growing up in Madison and the challenges they have faced. Lexi Gee, Ali Gee, and Malaika Robinson share their experiences in the education system and young professional world. These millennials don’t hold back and Madison risks losing them.
This episode is part of Dr. Alex Gee’s “Our Madison” series, looking at the history of Madison, WI from the perspective of different generations born in the city. Dr. Richard Harris, Betty Banks, Billy McDonald share their extensive history of being black in Madison as the city has grown. Listen to hear if anything has changed much for race relations through the years and learn more about the Stoney the Road project.
This is the first episode in Dr. Alex Gee’s “Our Madison” series, looking at the history of Madison, WI from the perspective of different generations born in the city. First, Dr. Richard Harris shares stories from his book Growing Up Black in South Madison: Economic Disenfranchisement of Black Madison.
Dr. Harris was born in 1937 in Madison, Wisconsin, grew up in South Madison and attended the Madison public schools. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in 1961, the University of Illinois-Chicago with a MSW in 1964 and later received his Ph. D. in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
NOTE: This episode aired prior to the 2019 Madison Mayoral Election.
Dr. Alex Gee talks to Joseph Rogers about his experience of bringing his ancestors and historical figures to life. Rogers does living historical interpretation work by acting as slaves at public and private historical sites around the country. Recently, he took part in a federal 1619 commemorative event at Fort Monroe.
He is also the new Education Programs Manager for the American Civil War Museum.
To see the NBC News article referenced in the interview, click here.
To learn more about James Apostle Fields, click here.
Joseph also recommends looking at the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project website which seeks to “reclaim “Gabriel’s Rebellion” and Richmond’s African Burial Ground, the Sacred Ground Project seeks to expand and promote community access to and understanding of its public history resources: http://www.sacredgroundproject.net/