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From the President’s Desk

by Linda F. Hoskins



My name is Linda F. Hoskins and I am the President of the Madison 
Branch of the NAACP. Our  Vice-President is Shelia Stubbs. The Secretary is Sandy Mines. Our Assistant Secretary is Nancy Taylor. Our Treasure is Pastori Balele. Members At-Large are Frank Humphrey Esq., Ida Thomas, Addrena Squires, Sadie Pearson, and Detria Hassel.

We have new leadership. We have old faces and new faces working together on Social Justice and Civil Right Issues. We are about teamwork because together everyone achieves more. Teamwork focuses on the course of social justice and civil right issues and taking the course to the highest level. Teamwork makes everyone aware of all the problems and finding ways and means to solve the problem.  As a team we can build bridges that will be used and last for ever as long as we remember and motivate ourselves that "We, the team got the job done and built the bridge that solve problems."

Linda Hoskins,
President of Madison Branch NAACP

NAACP Madison Branch Annual Freedom Fund Banquet      

The NAACP Madison Branch Annual Freedom Fund Banquet to be held on Friday, October 1, 2010, at 7 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Middleton, WI. 

This year we celebrate 101 years and our theme is "One Nation, One Dream!" We are paying homage to the 60 distinguished pioneers who signed the Lincoln Day Call, which led to the founding of the association on February 12, 1909

Our Honorary Keynote Speaker is Dennis "Bose" Biddle. He is a retired social worker and former Negro League Baseball player. Mr. Biddle was born on June 24, 1935 in Magnolia, Arkansas.

Biddle's career in baseball began in 1953 when he was seventeen years old. He was playing in the state championship in Arkansas for the National Farmers' Association. A scout and booking agent for the Negro League Chicago American Giants saw him pitch a no-hitter in the championship and asked him if he would like to try out with the Chicago American Giants. Biddle played for the Chicago American Giants in 1953 and 1954. Because he was only seventeen years old when he played, Biddle was entered into the Congressional Record as the youngest person to play in the Negro baseball leagues. In 1955, the Chicago Cubs were interested in purchasing his contract from the Chicago American Giants. Unfortunately, on the first day of spring training, Biddle jammed his leg and broke his ankle in two places while sliding into third base. The injury never fully healed and Biddle's baseball career ended.

At the age of twenty-two, Biddle went back to school in 1958. He received his B.A. degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin. Biddle worked for the next twenty-four years with the State of Wisconsin as a social worker in the corrections system. After retiring from the corrections system, he began working for a social service agency called C.Y.D. - Career Youth Development. In this capacity, he continues to work with the same type of youth he worked with when he was a social worker.

In 1996, Biddle founded the organization, Yesterday's Negro League Baseball Players LLC to support the surviving members of the Negro League baseball teams and defend their economic interests.

Your sponsorship will be used to assist our youth educational program, such as High School Drop-out, Closing the Achievement Gap on Educational Disparities, Stop the Violence, Killing, Suicides, and Alcohol/Drugs. In addition, your sponsorship will continue to assist many families in the arenas of health, education, and criminal justice. It will continue to help identify civil rights and social justice issues. Finally, your sponsorship will continue to assist with the reduction of disparities as it pertains to people of color. All quality non-profit organizations need financial assistance to help achieve their goals. The Freedom Fund Dinner is our major fundraiser of the year. Your support is critical in assisting the local branch to provide services to the poor, underserved, the underprivileged, the hopeless the neglected, the people who have been discriminated and the underrepresented and the people who have been denied equal access to the "American Dream". Our journey remains unfinished. We must fight for equal opportunity.

The conditions in our city have surpassed our resources to serve beyond our Civil Rights Agenda. We must continue to serve the people of this city, county and surrounding areas. We must be able to direct the people to the resources that they need as we continue to protect their Civil Rights and Social Justice.

We have developed talents for our young people by exposing them to cultural activities and travel. We have been able to motivate, empower and lead.

We have partnered with businesses and corporations in promoting diversity in the workplace encouraging citizens to support our local businesses as well as our city. In our political area we were very successful in mobilizing our "Get Out to Vote" Campaign through our Education Voter Registration and Participation Projects". Our Health Luncheon was extremely successful in addressing our theme, "Reducing Disparities in Respiratory Diseases".

Our branch efforts are to build stronger communities, youth programs, support enforcement of civil rights, laws and improve the quality of life for all of Greater Madison Residents.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the nation's oldest and most recognized civil rights organization in the world. It was formed in 1909, to promote freedom, justice and equality for all Americans regardless of race or national origin. It should be noted that the NAACP is 101 year's old this year.

As always, we look forward to you joining us at the NAACP 2010 Freedom Fund Banquet.

All remittances must be made payable to NAACP Madison Branch and sent to NAACP Madison Branch, P.O. Box 45, Madison, WI 53701.

Thank you for supporting the NAACP's critical work. We look forward to seeing you at our banquet.


Linda F. Hoskins, President Shelia Stubbs, Chairperson 2010 NAACP Madison Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Chair.

Register To Vote Online

Don't forget to sign up for the NAACP's mobile messaging system. You will receive civic engagement updates via text message.

Please text the word, VOTE to 62227 (NAACP)

Register to vote online at:

http://bit.ly/crGRns OR  www.NAACP.org

Linda Hoskins, President & Shelia Stubbs, 1st Vice President

Call 608-256-1942 for more information or email at naacpmadison@voyager.net.

NAACP Madison Branch


The Madison Branch of the NAACP held its Fourth Annual Health Luncheon on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel Madison, 517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. The Theme of the Luncheon was: "Reducing Disparities in Respiratory Diseases". The Invited Guest Speaker for our luncheon will be Emanuel Scarbrough.

The Health Luncheon focused on awareness in the African-American Community. We have a health component and this will enlighten our members as well as the community. During the presentation we will be educated about methods used to eliminate policies and practices that lead to disparities in respiratory diseases.

Your participation will demonstrate the collective strength of our Branch in order to assure better health to our community.

The NAACP’s Role in Restoring Honor to the Tea Party

A month ago, we called for the Tea Party to repudiate the racist elements within its organization. While some members of the Tea Party initially decried the resolution, a number of its leaders have taken steps toward to isolate and eliminate its extremist elements:

• In a national television appearance with NAACP President & CEO just days after the resolution passed, spokesman David Webb announced that the Tea Party Federation had expelled the Tea Party Express, one of the most politically powerful organizations within the movement, from the larger federation. Noting that a racially-charged blog post by TPE leader Mark Williams was “clearly offensive,” the announcement effectively split within Tea Party leadership, and underscored the fact that the movement has the mechanism to police itself when it wants to.

• After the NAACP resolution focused media attention on the widespread use of racist imagery on signs and banners at Tea Party rallies across the country, Fox News personality Glenn Beck instructed his followers to leave all signs at home in the lead-up to a conservative rally on the National Mall scheduled for August 28.

• The Tea Party Express held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on August 4 to explain their efforts to reach out to people of color.

We are satisfied that on August 28, there were few overt signs of racism – however, we remain committed to holding the Tea Party to their word. Our coalition watchdog website, TeaPartyTracker.org, will serve as evidence of this ongoing vigilance of extremism within the Tea Party movement.

The NAACP has always believed in the promise of America – a promise built on mutual respect, common civility, and hope for a better tomorrow. Together, we will continue to do our part to ensure that the Tea Party reflects these values as well.

©2010 NAACP-Madison, Wisconsin.  BRANCH #3253B. All rights reserved. 

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