Joe Madison is a radio talk show host and civil rights activist. He can be heard every weekday morning on SiriusXM Urban View.
Known to his listeners as “The Black Eagle,” Madison has been named one of Talker Magazine’s 10 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America for eleven consecutive years.
By completing a 52-hour live broadcast, he broke a Guinness World Record and raised over $200,000 for the Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum.
In June 2015, Madison made history again by broadcasting live from Cuba, becoming the first national talk show in America to do so in more than 50 years.
When disaster strikes, The Black Eagle flies into action. He traveled to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and assisted relief workers in the Gulf States after Hurricane Katrina.
To bring attention to genocide in Sudan, Madison led 90 straight days of demonstrations and peaceful arrests in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC.
He also traveled to war zones in southern Sudan to deliver survival kits to refugees and participate in the freeing of over 7,000 slaves.
Madison is currently a member of the Red Cross Board of Governors.
When not making history, he’s righting the wrongs of history. He led successful campaigns to honor comedian Dick Gregory and Motown artists The Four Tops with long overdue stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In appreciation, The Four Tops named Madison “The Fifth Top.”
Madison was born in Dayton, Ohio. Shortly after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, he became the youngest executive director of the Detroit NAACP.
Then president and CEO of the NAACP, Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, recognized Madison’s leadership skills and promoted him to director of the NAACP Political Action Department. Madison went on to lead four separate voter registration marches called “The Overground Railroad” in which he and hundreds of volunteers crossed the country on foot to register new voters.
Madison was eventually elected to the national board of directors, where he served 14 years. During his time on the board, Madison was appointed chairman of the NAACP Image Awards, which at the time was $2.5 million in debt and near termination. Under his leadership the Image Awards reversed its debt to a $1 million profit within two years.
He and his wife Sharon live in Washington, DC.