Isaac Ogunleye

Where are you from and what brought you to UW–Madison? Isaac Ogunleye

I’m from Bloomington, Illinois, a small town about three hours south of Madison. When choosing Wisconsin, I sought something that would be a new environment from what I’d grown up in, hoping to meet a different array of students and peers. Wisconsin had numerous scholarship opportunities, and I was lucky enough to be granted one myself.

What is your most memorable UW–Madison experience?

With COVID-19, I haven’t had too many with the restrictions on campus and limited student life. I look forward to taking advantage of all the chances next semester for student clubs, sports, and other activities.

What has been your favorite class or professor?

My favorite class has been History 102. We’re reading great texts about our subjects while learning about the history of America (from the Civil War to the present day) during lectures. Professor Allison Powers Useche has been great as well, answering questions before even asked and connecting to students well.

"Black History Month to me is a time to recognize the advances African Americans have had to make for the sake of their freedom, safety, and recognition. This time, I try to remember those who have died fighting for what they believe in, and inspired others to do the same by any means possible." — Isaac Ogunleye

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month to me is a time to recognize the advances African Americans have had to make for the sake of their freedom, safety, and recognition. This time, I try to remember those who have died fighting for what they believe in, and inspired others to do the same by any means possible.

What is your favorite moment in Black History?

One of my favorite moments in Black History is the Tuskegee Airmen, and their brave first step to becoming the first African Americans trained to be military aviators for the U.S. Army. After facing segregation and claims of inadequacy, they became a vital part of the fight in World War II, flying for over 15,000 missions and making convincing steps for full integration in the military.

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