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Crossing the Bridge documentary and discussion on April 3, 2019

Milwaukee’s own Joanne Williams will present her Emmy Award-winning documentary, Crossing the Bridge, and host a discussion about the history of equal rights in Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County Volunteer Center. This event is part of the Milwaukee Public Schools Equity, Education, Empowerment Speaker Series and is free and open to the public.

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin Black Historical Society5:30–6 p.m. Registration & Refreshments

6–8 p.m. Documentary Viewing & Discussion

Crossing the Bridge chronicles Milwaukee's struggle for civil rights and the marches in support of open housing that led to the Fair Housing Act in 1968. Fifty years later, what has changed? Join us as we recount history, talk with individuals who took part in marches, and discuss whether open housing is truly available in Milwaukee today. Crossing the Bridge is a production of Milwaukee PBS and is a Chicago/Midwest Emmy winner.

Attendees will view the documentary, listen to marchers’ first-hand accounts, and explore the work that still needs to be done.

Joanne Williams has been part of the television industry more than half her life and has worked for multiple networks in Milwaukee and Chicago. She is the host and segment producer for Milwaukee PBS’ Black Nouveau and is a member of the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame.

This evening of education and reflection is presented by Milwaukee Public Schools; Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership; the Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach of Marquette University; and Milwaukee PBS.

The United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County Volunteer Center is located at 200 W. Pleasant Street  in Milwaukee.

Space is limited. Reserve your seat at

Interested in learning more prior to attending the event? Visit the March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project developed by the libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Photo Credit: Father James Groppi and demonstrators, courtesy of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and  Wisconsin Black Historical Society

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