‘Unity picnic’ aims to unite Madison

‘Unity picnic’ aims to unite Madison

The Urban League of Greater Madison held its second-annual “Unity Picnic” Saturday afternoon.

“It’s just a wonderful time to come out here, break bread, listen to music and have fun,” Ruben Anthony, CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison, said.

The festivities featured bands, barbecue and kids’ activities, all with the goal of getting community members to strike up a conversation with one another.

The event comes during a time of racially charged incidents and protests in Madison.

Anthony said the hope is to bridge barriers between people of different backgrounds.

“There’s a lot of stress going on in the community right now, but when we come together, we can do great things,” Anthony said.

Officials like Dane County Supervisor Joe Parisi and District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, along with representatives from the Madison Police Department and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, attended the event.

“We call this a unity event,” Anthony said. “That means it’s open to everybody, anybody that wants to come in, to have some barbecue and get to know people.”

Anthony said the organization plans to continue having annual unity picnics.

To learn more, visit the Urban League of Greater Madison’s website.