ANTIRACISM AND RACIAL JUSTICE

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We must each recognize and hold ourselves accountable for racism in America — from its most granular, interpersonal manifestations to its systemic expression in our communities, economies, institutions and rule of law.

Recognizing bias and unlearning the practice of racism demands education, listening and action on all of our parts, and PBS Wisconsin shares in this collective and urgent imperative. Public media’s strength is providing accessible resources that educate, inform and inspire — shining a bright light on the complexities and contradictions of our history, and gathering our community in dialogue and reflection.

Below we offer a substantial and evolving collection of national and local on-demand media from PBS and PBS Wisconsin to begin (un)learning together. Selections come from trusted programs like Independent Lens, POV, and PBS NewsHour, along with local PBS Wisconsin productions which gather and chronicle the stories of our state.

This collection lends particular focus to the Black experience in America and in Wisconsin, and the persistence of anti-Black racism. It speaks to the institution of slavery in the United States from 1619 and through its manifold echoes that fuel widespread inequality and injustice today.

These resources also see and celebrate Black lives — our American history and present suffused with Black excellence, resistance, joy, love and liberation.

Learn more about our commitment to the communities we serve.  Photo/Clay Banks

Featured

WPT Archives: 1960s : City Within A City: When Pretty Soon Runs Out

WPT Archives: 1960s

City Within A City: When Pretty Soon Runs Out

This 1968 documentary explores how urban renewal impacts low income families in Milwaukee.

Self-Evident : Behind the Activist (Feat. Rachel Cargle & Ijeoma Oluo)

Self-Evident

Behind the Activist (Feat. Rachel Cargle & Ijeoma Oluo)

An intimate look at the everyday lives of activists fighting for racial equality.

American Masters : Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Nikole Hannah Jones

American Masters

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Nikole Hannah Jones

She created the 1619 Project on slavery for The New York Times Magazine.

American Masters : An Interview with Activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham

American Masters

An Interview with Activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Brittany Packnett Cunningham is a leader at the intersection of culture and justice.

PBS Wisconsin Originals : Wisconsin Voter Stories: Christy Clark-Pujara

PBS Wisconsin Originals

Wisconsin Voter Stories: Christy Clark-Pujara

Christy Clark-Pujara feels that, as an African American woman, voting is critical.

American Masters : Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker

American Masters

Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker

A father of bebop, Charlie Parker influenced generations of musicians.

Minnesota Experience : Jim Crow of the North

Minnesota Experience

Jim Crow of the North

Jim Crow of the North reveals the history and impact of racist real estate covenants.

INDEPENDENT LENS

Independent Lens : The First Rainbow Coalition

Independent Lens

The First Rainbow Coalition

Across lines of race and ethnicity, alliances formed among Chicago activists in the '60s.

Independent Lens : Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

Independent Lens

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

Reclusive activist Marion Stokes videotaped TV 24/7 for decades in the name of truth.

Independent Lens : The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: Angela Davis

Independent Lens

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: Angela Davis

Learn about Angela Davis and her deep impact on global liberation movements.

Independent Lens : Charm CityPBS Wisconsin Passport

Independent Lens

Charm City

PBS Wisconsin Passport

In Baltimore, the murder rate is high and trust in law enforcement is low—meet the engaged citizens reversing those trends in Charm City.

Independent Lens : Always in SeasonPBS Wisconsin Passport

Independent Lens

Always in Season

PBS Wisconsin Passport

A haunting exploration of lynching and racial violence in America.

Independent Lens : Tell Them We Are Rising

Independent Lens

Tell Them We Are Rising

The rich but undertold history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

University Place

University Place : Policing Blackness after the Second World War

University Place

Policing Blackness after the Second World War

Simon Balto focuses on race, migration to urban spaces and police responses since WWII.

University Place : Black Suffrage in Early Wisconsin

University Place

Black Suffrage in Early Wisconsin

Christy Clark-Pujara focuses on the disenfranchisement of black males in early Wisconsin.

University Place : Why Is There Black Radicalism?

University Place

Why Is There Black Radicalism?

Cedric Robinson shares the history of the Black Radicalism Tradition.

University Place : The Next Chapter for Youth Justice in Wisconsin

University Place

The Next Chapter for Youth Justice in Wisconsin

Tracy Benson, Sharlen Moore, Erica Nelson and Briana Reilly discuss youth incarceration.

University Place : Children Are Not Colorblind

University Place

Children Are Not Colorblind

Erin N. Winkler discusses how children form ideas about race.

University Place : Panel on Race, Children and Privilege

University Place

Panel on Race, Children and Privilege

Panel discussion focusing on young children, race and the inequality of privilege.

University Place : Beloit's African-American History

University Place

Beloit's African-American History

Linda Fair explores the contributions of African-Americans in Beloit.

University Place : On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City

University Place

On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City

Alice Goffman documents police violence and over-incarceration in Philadelphia.

University Place : Race, Gender and Carceral Feminism

University Place

Race, Gender and Carceral Feminism

Beth E. Richie and Fabu focus on the experiences of African American women who experience incarceration.

University Place : Race & Public Discourse in Progressive Cities

University Place

Race & Public Discourse in Progressive Cities

Sue Robinson focuses on racial inequity in progressive communities.

University Place : Wisconsin's Underground Railroad

University Place

Wisconsin's Underground Railroad

Jesse Gant explores the myths and legends surrounding rescues by the Underground Railroad.

University Place : An African American Life in Search of Justice

University Place

An African American Life in Search of Justice

Jody LePage shares the autobiography of Sylvia Bell White.

PBS Wisconsin Documentaries and Digital Series

PBS Wisconsin Documentaries : Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

PBS Wisconsin Documentaries

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

The story of civil rights leader Vel Phillips, a woman of many ``firsts`` in Wisconsin.

Photo illustration of five First Wave performers

WPT DOCUMENTARIES

Hip-Hop U: The First Wave Scholars

A film exploring the innovative work of students in the University of Wisconsin-Madison First Wave – Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives program.

The Light: A split screen of two sets in The Light - a kitchen and a bedroom

PBS WISCONSIN DIGITAL

The Light

Zhalarina Sanders tells an autobiographical story of forbidden love woven through three lyrical music videos fusing hip-hop and the theater arts.

Here & Now From PBS Wisconsin

Here and Now : Attorney General Josh Kaul on the Kenosha Shooting

Here and Now

Attorney General Josh Kaul on the Kenosha Shooting

Josh Kaul talks about the Kenosha shooting and the DOJ investigation into the incident.

Here and Now : Kenosha Residents Protest for Jacob Blake

Here and Now

Kenosha Residents Protest for Jacob Blake

Will Kenneally reports from Kenosha on what is happening following the shooting.

Here and Now : Evers and Barnes Say Milwaukee Still Relevant to DNC

Here and Now

Evers and Barnes Say Milwaukee Still Relevant to DNC

While the DNC is virtual, Wisconsin will still play a large role in the election.

Here and Now : Marc Levine on the State of Black Milwaukee

Here and Now

Marc Levine on the State of Black Milwaukee

UW-Milwaukee Emeritus Prof. Marc Levine talks about Milwaukee’s current racial disparities

Here and Now : Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore on Women’s Suffrage

Here and Now

Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore on Women’s Suffrage

Gwen Moore delivers her thoughts on the 100th anniversary of a woman’s right to vote.

Here and Now : Police Union Contracts and Police Reform

Here and Now

Police Union Contracts and Police Reform

Zac Schultz examines role police union contracts play in how police reform is achieved.

Here and Now : Sen. Baldwin Objects to Federal Agents in Cities

Here and Now

Sen. Baldwin Objects to Federal Agents in Cities

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin Objects to President's Deployment of Federal Agents to U.S. Cities

Here and Now : Boys & Girls Club of Dane Co. Distribute 15,000+ Free Masks

Here and Now

Boys & Girls Club of Dane Co. Distribute 15,000+ Free Masks

Michael Johnson says access to masks is lacking, resources for community policing needed

Here and Now : What Racial Justice Movement Looks Like in Central Wisconsin

Here and Now

What Racial Justice Movement Looks Like in Central Wisconsin

Darrell Keaton, Wausau mayor and police chief are bridging the gap, celebrating Juneteenth

Here and Now : Youth Activist Group 'Impact Demand' Calls for Change

Here and Now

Youth Activist Group 'Impact Demand' Calls for Change

Ayomi Obuseh says key to change is to ``hold people that represent you accountable.``

Here and Now : Youth Activist Group Marching 65 Miles, Demanding Reform

Here and Now

Youth Activist Group Marching 65 Miles, Demanding Reform

50 Miles More group demanding action on police and gun reform from Evers, Legislature

Here and Now : No Police Officers in Madison High Schools Starting in Fall

Here and Now

No Police Officers in Madison High Schools Starting in Fall

Madison School Board voted to remove SROs -School Resource ``Police`` Officers.

Here and Now : Calls for a Statue of Vel Phillips at the State Capitol

Here and Now

Calls for a Statue of Vel Phillips at the State Capitol

One of Wisconsin's best-known civil rights pioneers, Phillips died in 2018 at age 94.

Here and Now : Black Leader Sees Narrative Shift Across US, Feels Different

Here and Now

Black Leader Sees Narrative Shift Across US, Feels Different

Angela Lang says organizers, activists in it for long haul, looking for substantive change

Here and Now : Schalk: What Sparked Protest to Turn Violent

Here and Now

Schalk: What Sparked Protest to Turn Violent

UW-Madison's Dr. Sami Schalk provides her perspectives on violent protest, needed changes

Here and Now : Closer Look at Tuesday Night's Turmoil in Madison

Here and Now

Closer Look at Tuesday Night's Turmoil in Madison

The arrest of a Black activist sparked a violent protest with damage to buildings, statues

Here and Now : Diversity in the Courts, Justice System

Here and Now

Diversity in the Courts, Justice System

Judge Joseph Donald: Systematic barriers of ignorance, denial, silence create inequality.

Here and Now : Celebrating Juneteenth in 2020

Here and Now

Celebrating Juneteenth in 2020

Reggie Jackson of the Milwaukee Independent details his hope for consequential change.

Here and Now : Coronavirus Affecting New Communities in Milwaukee

Here and Now

Coronavirus Affecting New Communities in Milwaukee

Milw. Health Dept working with Latinx community partners to build trust, provide resources

Here and Now : Gwen Moore on George Floyd, Structural Racism

Here and Now

Gwen Moore on George Floyd, Structural Racism

U.S. Rep. Moore says death of Dontre Hamilton inspired de-escalation training provision.

Here and Now : Wisconsin-wide Protests Over George Floyd's Death Continue

Here and Now

Wisconsin-wide Protests Over George Floyd's Death Continue

Wausau, Milwaukee, Madison demonstrators chanting for an end to police brutality.

Here and Now : Taking A Hard Look at What is Being Funded at What Level

Here and Now

Taking A Hard Look at What is Being Funded at What Level

Lt. Gov. Barnes says state will be short on cash, will need to reallocate funds for safety

Here and Now : Youth Demonstrate for Racial Equality

Here and Now

Youth Demonstrate for Racial Equality

Noah Anderson details his experience with racism starting in a Madison elementary school.

Here and Now : It Was Only A Matter of Time, Enough Is Enough

Here and Now

It Was Only A Matter of Time, Enough Is Enough

Black Leaders Organizing for Communities' Lang advocating racism is public health crisis.

Here and Now : Addressing Systemic Racism

Here and Now

Addressing Systemic Racism

Michael Johnson, Boys & Girls Club of Dane Co., says investments a way to address racism.

Here and Now : How a Protester Defines Peace

Here and Now

How a Protester Defines Peace

Brandi Grayson, founder of Urban Triage, details what protesters are asking for.

Here and Now : Wisconsin Responds to George Floyd

Here and Now

Wisconsin Responds to George Floyd

Reporter Will Kenneally shows Wisconsinites' frustration with George Floyd's death.

Here and Now : Governor Outlines First Step, Opportunities to Move Needle

Here and Now

Governor Outlines First Step, Opportunities to Move Needle

Evers details declaring racism a public health crisis, listening to 'people on the ground'

BLACK NOUVEAU FROM MILWAUKEE PBS

Black Nouveau : Virtual Town Hall: Beyond the Virus and the Protests

Black Nouveau

Virtual Town Hall: Beyond the Virus and the Protests

Join Milwaukee PBS for a Black Nouveau Virtual Town Hall: Beyond the Virus and the Protest

Black Nouveau : Black Nouveau: Listen Mke-The Response

Black Nouveau

Black Nouveau: Listen Mke-The Response

``Listen MKE,`` a community listening project.

Black Nouveau : Black Nouveau: Stories of Our Pandemic #103

Black Nouveau

Black Nouveau: Stories of Our Pandemic #103

BLACK NOUVEAU continues its special series ``Stories of Our Pandemic.``

Black Nouveau : Black Nouveau: Stories of Our Pandemic #102

Black Nouveau

Black Nouveau: Stories of Our Pandemic #102

BLACK NOUVEAU continues its special series ``Stories of Our Pandemic.``

Black Nouveau : Black Nouveau: Stories of Our Pandemic #101

Black Nouveau

Black Nouveau: Stories of Our Pandemic #101

How COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on African-American communities?

Black Nouveau : Black Nouveau #2806 - Celebration of Women's History Month

Black Nouveau

Black Nouveau #2806 - Celebration of Women's History Month

BLACK NOUVEAU profiles Major General Marcia Anderson

Black Nouveau : Black Nouveau #2805 - Black History Month Special

Black Nouveau

Black Nouveau #2805 - Black History Month Special

BLACK NOUVEAU revisits the Black Student Strike at UW-Madison in 1969

Black Nouveau : Black Nouveau #2802 - America's Black Holocaust Museum

Black Nouveau

Black Nouveau #2802 - America's Black Holocaust Museum

We talk with the new President & CEO of America's Black Holocaust Museum, Dr. Bert Davis.

Black Nouveau : Black Nouveau #2801 - New UW Band Leader / Black Lens

Black Nouveau

Black Nouveau #2801 - New UW Band Leader / Black Lens

Black Nouveau travels to Madison to meet Corey Pompey, director of the UW Marching Band.

PBS Series and Specials

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise : Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise - Part 1

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise - Part 1

Black America Since MLK looks at the last five decades of African American history.

RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL WAR : Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 1

RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA AFTER THE CIVIL WAR

Reconstruction | Part 1, Hour 1

The aftermath of the Civil War was bewildering, exhilarating . . . and terrifying.

The Talk: Race in America : The Talk - Race in America

The Talk: Race in America

The Talk - Race in America

The conversation parents of color have with their children about interactions with police.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross : The Black Atlantic

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The Black Atlantic

Explore the global history that created the African American people.

Adelante from Milwaukee PBS

Adelante : Adelante: Stories of Our Pandemic 102

Adelante

Adelante: Stories of Our Pandemic 102

ADELANTE continues its special series ``Stories of Our Pandemic,``

Adelante : Adelante: Stories of Our Pandemic 101

Adelante

Adelante: Stories of Our Pandemic 101

Special edition of ADELANTE, telling stories of health, help and hope.

Adelante : Adelante #2104 - Mil-Walk-Aqui

Adelante

Adelante #2104 - Mil-Walk-Aqui

The title Mas de Mil-Walk-Aqui is a Spanglish play-on-words of the city’s name.

American Masters

American Masters : Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

American Masters

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Explore the life of activist and playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

American Masters : Toni Morrison On Writing Without the ``White Gaze``

American Masters

Toni Morrison On Writing Without the ``White Gaze``

Toni Morrison talks about writing without the ``white gaze.``

American Masters : Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

American Masters

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Dr. Maya Angelou was a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer who inspired generations.

American Masters : Charley Pride: I’m Just MePBS Wisconsin Passport

American Masters

Charley Pride: I’m Just Me

PBS Wisconsin Passport

Follow the country music superstar’s journey from segregated Mississippi to Nashville.

American Masters : Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

American Masters

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

The first major film documentary of the life and art of entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.

American Masters : Miles Davis: Birth of the CoolPBS Wisconsin Passport

American Masters

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

PBS Wisconsin Passport

Discover the man behind the legend. With full access to the Miles Davis Estate, the film features never-before-seen footage.

POV

POV : POV Shorts: The Changing Same

POV

POV Shorts: The Changing Same

One man runs a marathon in hopes of lifting the veil of racial terror in his town.

POV : Edgecombe

POV

Edgecombe

An examination of the ways trauma repeats and reinvents itself in rural Black communities.

POV : POV Shorts: Positive Images

POV

POV Shorts: Positive Images

Two short documentaries explore the history and memory of African-American communities.

POV : Give

POV

Give

A reverend seeks to preserve a monumental collage of black achievement.

POV : Clash

POV

Clash

Critiquing the lack of diversity in on-screen representation in Britain today.

POV : POV Shorts: Money Rules

POV

POV Shorts: Money Rules

Two short documentaries about cities and money.

POV : POV Shorts: There's No Place Like Home

POV

POV Shorts: There's No Place Like Home

Portraits and stories from people who live life on the margins.

POV : Stay Close

POV

Stay Close

Home videos and animation tell the story of Keeth Smart, an Olympic Fencer from Brooklyn.

Wisconsin Life

Wisconsin Life : Ms. Milele

Wisconsin Life

Ms. Milele

The late Milele Anana's magazine ``UMOJA`` tells the positive story of African Americans in Madison.

Wisconsin Life : Will Green

Wisconsin Life

Will Green

Will Green is changing the lives of teenage at-risk African Americans in the Madison area.

Wisconsin Life : Curtis and Cake

Wisconsin Life

Curtis and Cake

Monica O’Connell uses her childhood memories and music to influence her baking.

Wisconsin Life : Black Cat Alley

Wisconsin Life

Black Cat Alley

Milwaukee artist Tia Richardson hopes to paint her city in a positive light.

Wisconsin Life : SAAF: The Fortune We Share

Wisconsin Life

SAAF: The Fortune We Share

Animated adaptation of the comic strip “Something About a Flower,” by Rodney Lambright II

Wisconsin Life : Meet the Actors, Go BTS of “The Fortune We Share`` Animation

Wisconsin Life

Meet the Actors, Go BTS of “The Fortune We Share`` Animation

Meet the Actors and Go Behind the Scenes of “The Fortune We Share” Animation

Noon Wednesday From PBS Wisconsin

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: A Growing Hunger

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: A Growing Hunger

Food insecurity grows as the pandemic drags on and support systems begin to fade.

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: The Power of the Youth Vote

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: The Power of the Youth Vote

Leaders Igniting Transformation is training youth of color to engage their communities.

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: History is Present in All That We Do

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: History is Present in All That We Do

Two UW-Milwaukee professors are bringing meaning to the words ``Black Lives Matter.``

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: Why Latinos Show Up for Black Lives Matter

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: Why Latinos Show Up for Black Lives Matter

Amid the protests and the pandemic, the Latino community is also fighting for equality.

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Kristen Welch talks about high rates of violence against Indigenous women and children.

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: Pride for Black Lives

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: Pride for Black Lives

Inequities leading the Black Lives Matter movement intersect with the LGBTQ community.

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: Mentorship Over Protest

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: Mentorship Over Protest

Dennis Beale discusses his work supporting African-American youth in Eau Claire.

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: Communities Chart Course to Address Racism

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: Communities Chart Course to Address Racism

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes discusses police reform and systemic racism.

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: How a Protester Defines Peace

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: How a Protester Defines Peace

Brandi Grayson outlines protestor demands and provides her definition of peace.

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: Milwaukee's Coronavirus Racial Divide

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: Milwaukee's Coronavirus Racial Divide

Rep. David Bowen discusses the impact of COVID-19 on Milwaukee's north side.

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: Success and Shortcomings in Green Bay Equity

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: Success and Shortcomings in Green Bay Equity

Mohammed Bey discusses what diversity and equity looks like in the greater Green Bay area.

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: WI Cities Rank Worst For African Americans

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: WI Cities Rank Worst For African Americans

Milwaukee and Racine were ranked the worst places for African Americans.

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: Controversial Video Sparks Change

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: Controversial Video Sparks Change

Kingsley-Reigne Pissang of the Student Inclusion Coalition.

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday: The Untold Story of Women’s Suffrage

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday: The Untold Story of Women’s Suffrage

The 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote, but not all women.

Here and Now : Noon Wednesday with guest Tanika Apaloo

Here and Now

Noon Wednesday with guest Tanika Apaloo

Tanika Apaloo of the Wisconsin Historical Society talks of gathering oral histories.

StoryCorps Shorts

POV : StoryCorps Shorts: Double Major

POV

StoryCorps Shorts: Double Major

This freshman dad did it all.

POV : StoryCorps Shorts: Leading the Way

POV

StoryCorps Shorts: Leading the Way

A blind father reminisces with one of his adult daughters.

POV : StoryCorps Shorts: The Treasures of Mrs. Grady's Library

POV

StoryCorps Shorts: The Treasures of Mrs. Grady's Library

Judge Olly Neal recounts how a book cover turned him around academically.

POV : StoryCorps Shorts: The Drill

POV

StoryCorps Shorts: The Drill

“I’m a mother. And I don’t know what to say.”

POV : StoryCorps Shorts: You Move Me

POV

StoryCorps Shorts: You Move Me

“Getting off the bus there was a puddle and you took your shirt off and laid it down.``

POV : StoryCorps Shorts: A More Perfect Union

POV

StoryCorps Shorts: A More Perfect Union

Theresa Burroughs remembers her pursuit of the right to vote in Alabama during Jim Crow.

PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour : Turning silence on police shootings into poetry

PBS NewsHour

Turning silence on police shootings into poetry

Marcus Wicker offers his Brief but Spectacular take on beats, rhymes and poetry.

PBS NewsHour : Ben Crump on American racism and a 'long journey to justice'

PBS NewsHour

Ben Crump on American racism and a 'long journey to justice'

Attorney Ben Crump on Trayvon Martin, racial hypocrisy and signs of progress.

PBS NewsHour : Why seeing a role model who looks like you is so powerful

PBS NewsHour

Why seeing a role model who looks like you is so powerful

Why seeing a role model who looks like you is so powerful.

PBS NewsHour : Why we need to stop sharing American Dream success stories

PBS NewsHour

Why we need to stop sharing American Dream success stories

Why would author Casey Gerald want people to stop highlighting success stories?

PBS NewsHour : An 'unapologetic' black feminist on the pace of change

PBS NewsHour

An 'unapologetic' black feminist on the pace of change

An 'unapologetic' black feminist on accelerating the pace of change.

PBS NewsHour : A Brief But Spectacular take on appreciating what we have

PBS NewsHour

A Brief But Spectacular take on appreciating what we have

A Brief But Spectacular take on appreciating what we have.

PBS NewsHour : A young black pastor on preaching hope amid despair

PBS NewsHour

A young black pastor on preaching hope amid despair

A young black pastor's Brief But Spectacular take on preaching with hope.

PBS NewsHour : Talking about race is hard. Here's why it's worth it

PBS NewsHour

Talking about race is hard. Here's why it's worth it

Talking about race with your own mom can be hard. Here's why it's worth it.

PBS NewsHour : There is no 'single story spun on a single tongue'

PBS NewsHour

There is no 'single story spun on a single tongue'

Why this poet says there is no 'single story spun on a single tongue.'

PBS NewsHour : What white Americans hear in the word ‘race’

PBS NewsHour

What white Americans hear in the word ‘race’

Dyson gives his Brief but Spectacular take on white privilege and the American racism.

PBS NewsHour : Artist Paul Rucker on systemic racism in America

PBS NewsHour

Artist Paul Rucker on systemic racism in America

Artist Paul Rucker on bringing truth to light around American systemic racism.

PBS NewsHour : How Tongo Eisen-Martin looks to poetry to create revolution

PBS NewsHour

How Tongo Eisen-Martin looks to poetry to create revolution

Tongo Eisen-Martin's Brief But Spectacular take on poetry as revolution.

American Experience

American Experience : Roads to Memphis

American Experience

Roads to Memphis

The fateful narrative of James Earl Ray who shot Dr. Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968.

American Experience : The Fight

American Experience

The Fight

The famous 1938 heavyweight fight between American Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling.

American Experience : Jubilee SingersPBS Wisconsin Passport

American Experience

Jubilee Singers

PBS Wisconsin Passport

Former slaves who battled prejudice & oppression to sing their way into a nation’s heart.

American Experience : Eugene Bullard: An American in France

American Experience

Eugene Bullard: An American in France

An American who escaped the racism of Georgia, and fought on the battlefields of France.

FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE : Policing the Police

FRONTLINE

Policing the Police

How do you transform a troubled police department?

FRONTLINE : Documenting Hate: Charlottesville

FRONTLINE

Documenting Hate: Charlottesville

FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the resurgence of white supremacists in America.

FRONTLINE : Two American Families

FRONTLINE

Two American Families

From FRONTLINE in 2013, Bill Moyers chronicled two ordinary families -- one black, one white -- for two decades.

UNLADYLIKE2020 FROM AMERICAN MASTERS

American Masters : Aviator Bessie Coleman

American Masters

Aviator Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman aviator.

American Masters : Maggie Lena Walker: Civil Rights Activist and Entrepreneur

American Masters

Maggie Lena Walker: Civil Rights Activist and Entrepreneur

Maggie Lena Walker was the first African-American woman bank founder and president.

American Masters : Gladys Bentley: Gender-Bending Performer and Musician

American Masters

Gladys Bentley: Gender-Bending Performer and Musician

Gladys Bentley was a musical sensation and gender identity pioneer.

American Masters : Meta Warrick Fuller: Trailblazing African American Sculptor

American Masters

Meta Warrick Fuller: Trailblazing African American Sculptor

Meta Warrick Fuller celebrated African American cultural identity through her artwork.

WISCONTEXT

Crowed of protesters holding large Black Lives Matter sign

POLICING PRACTICES AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Where The First Week Of Police Accountability Protests Were In Wisconsin

After the killing of george floyd, demonstrators gathered in dozens of communities across the state.

graphic illustration of Wisconsin with graph bars circling it like the sun

DISPARITIES AND EQUITY IN WI

35 Health Measures Illustrate Disparities Across Wisconsin In 2019

Visualizing the state’s county health rankings and roadmaps data.

Box of crayola crayons showing a variation of skin tones

RACE AND CHILDHOOD

The Role The ‘Racial Context Of Childhood’ Plays In Shaping Social Attitudes

How white children develop ideas about race by what goes on around them.

Man in blue jumpsuit sits at a table by his lawyer

THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND RACIAL BIAS

What Effects Do Pretrial Risk Assessments Have On Racial Biases In Justice System?

Researchers seek to better understand whether tools will reduce or perpetuate discrimination.

5 workmen stand in front of a warehouse.

THE GREAT MIGRATION AND WI

The Great Migration And Beloit’s African American Heritage

How jbs and family connected mississippi with a small Wisconsin city.

Map of Milwaukee

UW APPLIED POPULATION LAB

How Redlining Continues To Shape Racial Segregation In Milwaukee

A 1930s lending map reveals the policy roots of housing discrimination.

Historical photo of an aerial view of Milwaukee

DISPARITIES AND EQUITY IN WI

Wisconsin Remains Among The Worst States For Racial Disparities

An updated UW report shows little improvement since 2013.

lego blocks stacked in piles by color

RACE AND CHILDHOOD

How Kids Learn About Race, Stereotypes And Prejudice

UW-Milwaukee scholar finds encouraging ‘colorblindness’ doesn’t prevent children from forming biases.

Photo of Ezekiel Gillespie, pictured in an daguerreotype likely created in the 1850s, helped African Americans secure the right to vote in Wisconsin.

VOTING RIGHTS

Wisconsin’s Halting Path Toward Black Suffrage

Slavery, citizenship and securing the right to vote in a new state.

PBS DIGITAL STUDIOS

America From Scratch : Should we police our police?

America From Scratch

Should we police our police?

Should we raise the national standard for when police can use lethal force?

The Art Assignment : Self Shape - Tschabalala Self

The Art Assignment

Self Shape - Tschabalala Self

If you were a shape, what shape would you be?

Origin of Everything : Is the Rosa Parks Story True?

Origin of Everything

Is the Rosa Parks Story True?

So why do we all know a misleading story about Rosa Parks?

Origin of Everything : Why Did Europeans Enslave Africans?

Origin of Everything

Why Did Europeans Enslave Africans?

Why were most slaves in America from West Africa?

Origin of Everything : The Origin of Race in the USA

Origin of Everything

The Origin of Race in the USA

How did Americans come to believe that race equals visible physical characteristics?

Say It Loud : How Do You Define Black Pride?

Say It Loud

How Do You Define Black Pride?

What Does it Mean to Love Being Black?

Say It Loud : The Reason #BlackTwitter Exists (And Is Totally Awesome)

Say It Loud

The Reason #BlackTwitter Exists (And Is Totally Awesome)

Black Twitter continues to be a source of debate, research, and of course endless cackles.

Say It Loud : The Evolution of (Black) Beauty

Say It Loud

The Evolution of (Black) Beauty

The Evolution of (Black) Beauty

Say It Loud : Where Are You REALLY From?

Say It Loud

Where Are You REALLY From?

How migration has impacted Black culture in the United States.

What I Hear When You Say : Race Card

What I Hear When You Say

Race Card

A professor, a comedian, and an artist break down their interpretation “race card.``

What I Hear When You Say : Gentrification

What I Hear When You Say

Gentrification

An author, a professor and a filmmaker discuss their unique takes on gentrification.

What I Hear When You Say : Code Words

What I Hear When You Say

Code Words

Examine the current function and long history of American’s use of “code words”.

What I Hear When You Say : Welfare

What I Hear When You Say

Welfare

Explore the assumptions and misgivings of pejorative phrases like “Welfare queen.”

BLANK ON BLANK

Blank on Blank : James Brown on Conviction, Respect and Reagan

Blank on Blank

James Brown on Conviction, Respect and Reagan

A classic lost interview with the ``Godfather of Soul``, James Brown.

Blank on Blank : Maya Angelou on Con Men

Blank on Blank

Maya Angelou on Con Men

``The only way you can be a mark is if you want something for nothing.`` - Maya Angelou

Blank on Blank : Nina Simone on Shock

Blank on Blank

Nina Simone on Shock

``I feel more alive now than I ever have in my life.`` - Nina Simone

Blank on Blank : John Coltrane on Giant Steps

Blank on Blank

John Coltrane on Giant Steps

John Coltrane in 1966, as told Frank Kofsky.

Blank on Blank : Ray Charles on Singing True

Blank on Blank

Ray Charles on Singing True

Interview with Ray Charles by Joe Smith, June 3, 1987.

Blank on Blank : Stevie Wonder on Keys of Life

Blank on Blank

Stevie Wonder on Keys of Life

``If God didn‘t want me to sing it, he wouldn‘t have given me the talent to do it.``

MUSIC AND ARTS

30-Minute Music Hour : SistaStrings

30-Minute Music Hour

SistaStrings

Milwaukee's SistaStrings blends classic and gospel music into a fresh, soulful sound.

30-Minute Music Hour : Zed Kenzo

30-Minute Music Hour

Zed Kenzo

Alternative rapper Zed Kenzo is one of Milwaukee's fiercest live acts.

Austin City Limits : Janelle Monae

Austin City Limits

Janelle Monae

Thrill to an hour with iconoclastic R&B maverick Janelle Monáe.

Austin City Limits : Herbie Hancock

Austin City Limits

Herbie Hancock

Thrill to an hour with legendary jazz artist Herbie Hancock.

Great Performances : Twilight: Los Angeles

Great Performances

Twilight: Los Angeles

An encore of Anna Deavere Smith’s theatrical work about the 1992 L.A. riots.

Great Performances : Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-HopPBS Wisconsin Passport

Great Performances

Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop

PBS Wisconsin Passport

Nas and the National Symphony Orchestra stage a symphonic rendition of “Illmatic.``

Mark Twain Prize : Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain PrizePBS Wisconsin Passport

Mark Twain Prize

Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize

PBS Wisconsin Passport

Celebrate the work of stand-up comedian and actor, Dave Chappelle.

Say It Loud : What Missy Elliott Did for Afrofuturism

Say It Loud

What Missy Elliott Did for Afrofuturism

What Missy Elliott did for Afrofuturism

Say It Loud : Why Richard Pryor is Still Funny

Say It Loud

Why Richard Pryor is Still Funny

Hallease and Evelyn look at how comedy has changed throughout modern history.

Say It Loud : Is ``Old Town Road`` by Lil Nas X Real Country Music?

Say It Loud

Is ``Old Town Road`` by Lil Nas X Real Country Music?

Why was “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X initially removed from the country Billboard charts?

Sound Field : What Makes Black Gospel Musicians So Skilled?

Sound Field

What Makes Black Gospel Musicians So Skilled?

The black church is a musical bootcamp.

Sound Field : Are Three 6 Mafia the Godfathers of Modern Rap?

Sound Field

Are Three 6 Mafia the Godfathers of Modern Rap?

Three 6 Mafia created the building blocks for the trap sound.