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Brother Wayne & Be Woke!

It is still hard to fathom that Wayne Strong died on June 20th at the youthful age of 62. It was appropriate that Wayne died on the first celebration of Juneteenth Day as a national holiday. Wayne served for many years on the Juneteenth Day committee, often helping out with security when he was a member of the Madison Police Department, but like so many community things that Wayne did, he stayed on providing service in the community long after he left the police department.

It’s hard to believe that Wayne has passed even now. We sat down to talk at Juneteenth in Penn Park on June 18th — there are so many people who have said ‘But I just saw Wayne at Juneteenth.’ We talked about writing and I encouraged him to sign up for another year on the Wisconsin State Journal editorial advisory board because I felt he could have a greater impact the second time around after he had learned the ropes. -- READ MORE