“We don’t go past the bridge”
This is part five of TCD’s podcast series “We don’t go past the bridge”: A Discussion on Race in Milwaukee. Click here for part one with Dasha Kelly, here for part two with Tommy Walls, Jr., here for part three with Tony Baez, and here for part four with Dewayne Boothe, Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year.
Arts@Large is collaborating with Milwaukee Public Schools to lead a community arts engagement around the civil rights in Milwaukee. This program, designed to develop an understanding of the city’s civil rights history, will give students the opportunity to be active researchers in the often over-looked history of Milwaukee’s African American Civil Rights Movement. By partnering with UW-Milwaukee’s History and Archives Department, the program gives students and artists access to a wealth of resources in the Department’s “March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project.”
The culmination of the project will be a student-led Civil Rights walking tour of the city, a digital map tour (including examples of their artistic creations,) as well as a gallery exhibit open to the public at Gallery @ Large, 908 S. 5th St., during Gallery Night on April 20.
I had the chance to talk with activist and author Margaret (Peggy) Rozga, who was married to Father James Groppi, and Northwest Opportunities Vocational Academy senior Javaris Bradford to talk about this project and how it relates to many of the larger problems seen in Milwaukee today.
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Click here to read Mark Metcalf’s story on Gallery at Large from Apr. 11, 2011.
“Backstage with Mark Metcalf” is recorded at the ThirdCoast Digest office at the Grand Avenue Mall.