Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond on the passing of Joe Madison:
It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Joe Madison, affectionately known as the “Black Eagle,” a prominent figure in the realms of radio broadcasting and the fight for civil rights. Joe’s legacy extends far beyond the airwaves, as he dedicated his life to the tireless pursuit of justice, equality and social change.
Through his powerful and resonant voice, Joe became a steadfast advocate for civil rights, using his platform to address systemic issues affecting the African American community, particularly those related to labor rights and workplace equality. His commitment to activism was evident in his unwavering support for voting rights, education reform, addressing labor disparities and eradicating racial injustice. He fearlessly confronted societal challenges head-on, inspiring countless individuals to join the fight for a more equitable society and world.
Beyond the microphone, Joe actively engaged in grassroots efforts, participating in protests and organizing events. His legacy is one of mobilizing communities and encouraging individuals to join the cause. As we reflect on his life, let us remember Joe Madison not only as a radio personality but as a champion for positive change, whose indomitable spirit will continue to inspire us in the ongoing struggle for justice and equality. The “Black Eagle” may have left us, but his legacy remains a beacon guiding us toward a more just and inclusive future.
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