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The Black Eagle Soared Away

On January 31, Black America lost one of its finest spokespersons when the iconic radio legend and pioneer Joe Madison soared away and left an emptiness that will be very difficult to replace. Millions of Black Americans tuned in Monday through Friday early in the morning while on their way to work or doing chores around the house and listened to the Black Eagle as he articulated in his own way issues important to the race. I usually write my editorials, but for this occasion, I will use the writings of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to express how we feel about the loss of this giant of a man. In their official statement, they wrote: “It is with heavy hearts and a renewed spirit that we mourn the passing of …Joe Madison. In his seat behind the microphone at Sirius XM, he was known as “The Black Eagle,” and for good reason—Joe could fly high and far with grace and power. To hear him was to be transformed and ready to tackle the truth and whatever tarnished the truth. …He could dive deep and without fear into the potentially dangerous waters of criminal justice, faith, politics, and activism. He talked and people listened…In 2015, Joe set the Guinness World Record for the longest on-air broadcast—52 hours. During that marathon show, he raised more than $250,000 for the museum. Five months later, he made history again by broadcasting live from Cuba, becoming the first American …

On January 31, Black America lost one of its finest spokespersons when the iconic radio legend and pioneer Joe Madison soared away and left an emptiness that will be very difficult to replace. Millions of Black Americans tuned in Monday through Friday early in the morning while on their way to work or doing chores around the house and listened to the Black Eagle as he articulated in his own way issues important to the race. I usually write my editorials, but for this occasion, I will use the writings of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to express how we feel about the loss of this giant of a man. In their official statement, they wrote:

“It is with heavy hearts and a renewed spirit that we mourn the passing of …Joe Madison. In his seat behind the microphone at Sirius XM, he was known as “The Black Eagle,” and for good reason—Joe could fly high and far with grace and power. To hear him was to be transformed and ready to tackle the truth and whatever tarnished the truth. …He could dive deep and without fear into the potentially dangerous waters of criminal justice, faith, politics, and activism. He talked and people listened…In 2015, Joe set the Guinness World Record for the longest on-air broadcast—52 hours. During that marathon show, he raised more than $250,000 for the museum. Five months later, he made history again by broadcasting live from Cuba, becoming the first American journalist to do so in more than fifty years. In a statement released by the Madison family, his wife Sherry Madison wrote,” ‘Joe dedicated his life to fighting for those who are undervalued, underestimated, and marginalized. On air, he often asked, ‘What are you going to do about it?’ Although he is no longer with us, we hope you will join us in answering that call by continuing to be proactive in the fight against injustice.”

One of Joe Madison’s greatest attributes was his intolerance for ignorance. He did not care about the race or gender of the caller; if they came at him the wrong way, he would strike back. You called him at your own peril. Frequently, he would sound mean, but his meanness was his challenge to the caller’s negative comments about those things Joe found important for advancing Black America. No doubt he brought a ton of followers to Sirius XM when it was just getting off the ground. 

Now it is the station’s turn to honor his commitment to them by establishing a Joe Madison Foundation for raising money to give scholarships to young Black Americans who want to continue his great work.

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