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Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum    2620 W. Center Street,  Milwaukee, WI 53206414-372-7677 - Phone
 
Upcoming Events

Martin Luther King Holiday-Freedom Summer*

Monday, January 19, 2:00pm

Event will be held at Saint John's on the Lake - Cultural Arts Center 1840 N Prospect Ave

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the official birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s King Holiday will honor the efforts of the Freedom Summer Movement of 1964. For nearly a century, segregation had prevented most African-Americans in Mississippi from voting or holding public office. Segregated housing, schools, workplaces, and public accommodations denied black Mississippians access to political or economic power. Freedom Summer was a nonviolent effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi’s segregated political system during 1964. We will be joined by
the Bronzeville Ensemble to highlight the efforts of those involved as well as a short video presentation.

 


Poetry and Drumming Night

Wednesday, February 4, 7:30pm

Event will be held at Saint John's on the Lake - Cultural Arts Center 1840 N Prospect Ave


Led by Master drummer Earl Thompson, the performers will tell a story of life in the jungles of Africa integrated with dance routines that depict the life of jungle animals. We will be joined by two poets sharing their stories of African culture.

 

Color Purple Movie Discussion*

Monday, February 23, 2:00pm

Event will be held at Saint John's on the Lake - Cultural Arts Center 1840 N Prospect Ave

The Color Purple is a 1985 American period film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. It was Spielberg’s eighth film as a director and was a change from the summer blockbusters for which he had become famous. The film stars Danny Glover, Desreta Jackson, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey (in her film debut), Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong, and introduced Whoopi Goldberg as Celie Harris. The film tells the story of a young African American girl and shows the problems African American women faced during the early 1900s, including poverty, racism, and sexism. Celie is transformed as she finds her self-worth through the help of two strong female companions. Join us with our panel of experts in a discussion of this riveting film led by Clayborn Benson.


St. Matthews CME Choir

Friday, March 13, 7:30pm

Event will be held at Saint John's on the Lake - Cultural Arts Center 1840 N Prospect Ave

The Assemblies of Christ Choir of St. Matthews CME Church was established in 1997. The choir
engages in traditional choral singing and sacred music as well as other genres.

 

 

 


 Monday, January 19, 2:00pm, Cultural Arts Center
                     Martin Luther King Holiday-Freedom Summer*


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the official birthday of Martin
Luther King, Jr. This year’s King Holiday will honor
the efforts of the Freedom Summer Movement of
1964. For nearly a century, segregation had
prevented most African-Americans in Mississippi
from voting or holding public office. Segregated
housing, schools, workplaces, and public
accommodations denied black Mississippians
access to political or economic power. Freedom
Summer was a nonviolent effort by civil rights
activists to integrate Mississippi’s segregated
political system during 1964. We will be joined by
the Bronzeville Ensemble to highlight the efforts
of those involved as well as a short video
presentation.