New season of ‘Why Race Matters’ available now

September 15, 2022 Ian Lewitz Leave a Comment

Why Race Matters, a digital series elevating issues of importance affecting Wisconsin’s Black communities, returns to PBS Wisconsin with four all-new episodes.

The new season started streaming weekly with the premiere installment released Sept. 12 on whyracematters.org and on the free PBS Video App, streaming devices and Smart TVs.

Host and producer Angela Fitzgerald connects in conversation with everyday people whose work and commitments center on race, identity and achieving racial equity in the state. The program shares the layered, lived experiences of Black people in Wisconsin, exploring topics simultaneously historic and urgent — offering hope, guidance and resources to thrive.

“It is our hope that Why Race Matters sparks conversations, shifts thinking and ultimately continues to provoke the change that we need to become a more equitable Wisconsin,” Fitzgerald said.

In the premiere episode of the new season, available now, Fitzgerald speaks with University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Emerita Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings to discuss the history of Critical Race Theory, what it is and how it’s used in educational settings.

Premiering Monday, Sept. 19, episode two explores higher education and college barriers for students of color. Fitzgerald visits with Tiffany Tardy from All-In Milwaukee, a nonprofit working to improve college retention and graduation rates for students from underserved communities.

Premiering Monday, Sept. 26, episode three explores home ownership and the difficulties facing Black home buyers. Fitzgerald speaks with realtor Tiffany Malone and new homeowner Myesha Thompson.

In the fourth episode, premiering Monday, Oct. 3, Fitzgerald talks with Milwaukee artist Anwar Floyd-Pruitt about how he incorporates identity into his work and why Black joy is a revolutionary act.

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