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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | A Wisconsin Tribute 2019
Wisconsin's 39th annual "Tribute & Ceremony" celebrates Dr. King's life and legacy through words and music. Dr. Jonathan Øverby hosts the event from the Capitol rotunda in Madison. With the theme, "Truth is Marching," the event honors women as pioneers, change makers and innovators in every field in today's world. Keynote speaker is Rita Coburn, a Peabody and Emmy Award-Winning Director, Writer and Producer with nearly four decades in radio, television and film. Music by MLK Women’s Mass Choir (Composer and Pianist Becca May Grantthe) and The Victory Travelers Quartet.
Art Is Eye-opening Life Journey For Milwaukee Woman
Enter Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights Neighborhood on the near north side and you’ll find abandoned houses, vacant lots and sometimes the sound of gunfire and violence. This is also the neighborhood where Evelyn Patricia Terry grew up.
Union Of Food And Music An Essential Ingredient To Fort Atkinson Baker
A lot of ingredients go into making a good memory, but for Monica O’Connell, it usually includes butter and sugar. Baking a rum cake can take O’Connell back to when she was a little girl, living in the South.
Something About a Flower: The Fortune We Share
The animated story adaptation of the comic strip “Something About a Flower,” written by Rodney Lambright II about a family's traditional Sunday dinner that takes an unexpected turn. This tale, "The Fortune We Share," expresses the power of giving and its impact on the community through the eyes of a young girl.
Hip-Hop U: The First Wave Scholars
Hip-Hop U features the story of the University of Wisconsin-Madison First Wave scholarship program. The new WPT documentary explores how the pioneering program empowers students to pursue a degree while developing their skills in the hip-hop art forms of spoken word, rap, writing, poetry, singing, producing and acting.
University Place: Black Suffrage in Early Wisconsin
Christy Clark-Pujara, Associate Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, explores the history of black male disenfranchisement during the first years of Wisconsin’s statehood. This exclusion at the ballot box ultimately resulted in Wisconsin becoming the first state where black men could vote.
Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams
Wisconsin Public Television tells the story of civil rights leader Vel Phillips. Discover how Vel Phillips achieved an impressive list of "firsts" as part of her legacy, including the first African American judge in Wisconsin and the first woman, and African American, in the nation elected to executive office in state government.
University Place: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South
Mark Speltz, Author and Historian, explores civil unrest in northern states during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Speltz shares photographs of police brutality, and the activists who fought against segregation and job discrimination in northern cities such as Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland and others..
Representative David Crowley, a Democrat from Milwaukee, is the newly elected chair of the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus and joined Noon Wednesday to talk about where he hopes to take the caucus under his leadership.
Noon Wednesday guest Sabrina Madison, a self-described “socialpreneur,” was recently named one of the top 100 black female change-agents in the country by Essence magazine. She is the founder of The Progress Center for Black Women.
Here and Now reports on Wisconsin's marketing campaign to attract and retain young talent. Do young people want to come or stay? What about people of color? Is there enough of a ladder to the executive wing, and how diverse is it?