Joe Madison has been recognized as a human and civil rights activist, abolitionist against slavery in Africa, television commentator, columnist, lecturer, labor and corporate spokesman, musician and athlete. He is an ordinary citizen of the world with an extraordinary commitment to the principles of human decency.
Madison was born and grew up in Dayton, Ohio. He was an energetic student, church leader, athlete and political activist at a very young age: high school All-City football player, college All-Conference running back, an award winning baritone soloist with his high school and college concert choirs, recipient of several high school student oratorical awards and student leader of various organizations. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
After graduation, Madison spent a brief time working as a communications specialist for several corporations. But the civil rights movement, assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., Medger Evers, Malcolm X, John and Robert Kennedy during his years as a student activist beckoned him to what he called ‘the unfinished agenda of the civil rights movement’. At the age of 24, he became the Executive Director of the Detroit NAACP. Dr. Benjamin Hooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, later appointed him director of the national NAACP Political Action Department. NAACP Convention delegates elected him to the national board of directors and re-elected him for the next 14 years. During his tenure on the board he was appointed chairman of the NAACP Image Awards.
During his civil rights activities, Madison began a career as a radio talk show host. He combined his role as a civil rights activist and media personality to impact public policy in the nation and around the world. Talker Magazine the bible of the talk radio industry has selected Madison as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Radio Talk Personalities in America’ Comedian and human rights activist Dick Gregory said, “You can’t pigeon hole the Black Eagle. Madison is more than a radio talk show host, he is a radio activist.” He is currently heard on the Radio One Talk Network and nationally syndicated on XM Satellite One, The Power, the first 24-hour African American talk radio network.
He and his wife Sharon have been married for more than 25 years and live in Washington, D.C.
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