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Author: Anna Miller

Milwaukee’s Black Holocaust Museum addresses the legacy of slavery

Based in Milwaukee, America’s Black Holocaust Museum is an online platform that exhibits African American history and the long shadow of slavery today in the hope of fostering understanding and sparking change. Founded in Milwaukee in 1984 by Dr. James Cameron, America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) survives today in a unique, virtual museum experience. With more than 2,800 exhibits, the museum presents African American history and the impact of slavery over the past one hundred and fifty years. After the physical location for the Milwaukee headquarters closed in 2008, ABHM built a virtual museum in 2012. The site is...

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Mark Twain interview in Milwaukee reflects his criticisms of news media

“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do, you are misinformed.” – Samuel Langhorne Clemens Celebrated humorist and author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known popularly by his pen name Mark Twain, was skeptical of newspapers and the media in general. Ironically when he visited Milwaukee in 1885, Clemens was interviewed by the Milwaukee newspaper Evening Wisconsin. The resulting article participated in the exact behaviors he criticized. Clemens believed that the press had too much freedom and held too much power over the minds of the people, to the point where the press could effortlessly destroy reputations....

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A conversation with revered African American poet Jay Wright

Prominent poet Jay Wright read poems about race and culture during a forum that engages community members in conversations about the inequalities of Milwaukee. As esteemed African American poet Jay Wright began his poetry reading at Marquette University on October 25, the auditorium fell silent, spellbound by Wright’s smooth reading voice. Wright won both a Guggenheim and a MacArthur fellowship, and taught at Yale University where he was also awarded their prestigious Bollingen Prize. The Healing Improvisation of Hair If you undo your do you would be strange. Hair has been on my mind. I used to lean in...

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Pardeep Kaleka: Forgiveness in the midst of tragedy

“Forgiveness is your power to take power back. It’s your ability to say, ‘I want to grow from this.’ And forgiveness is the ultimate vengeance. There’s nothing more vengeful you can do than forgive someone like Wade Page. If you start to self-destruct and lash out, then he’s accomplished what he wanted to accomplish.” – Pardeep Kaleka In the wake of the shooting of his father by white supremacist Wade Page at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek on August 5, 2012, Pardeep Kaleka did not give into hate and rage. Instead, he sought to forgive and...

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Ghost Tours feature downtown Milwaukee haunts

Former teacher Anna Lardinois leads ghost tours in order to introduce tourists and locals to the Milwaukee’s haunted and eventful past. On the first truly cold night of October, Anna Lardinois stood in Cathedral Square on the corner of Wells and Jackson, welcoming locals and tourists alike for her Gothic Milwaukee Walking Ghost Tour. Dressed in 1800s garb and modern cotton mittens to protect against the chill, Lardinois began the mile and half ghost tour that weaves through busy Milwaukee streets. The tours stop by well-known Milwaukee haunts like the Pfister Hotel. A local legend holds that the hotel’s...

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My Milwaukee exhibit showcases student art at Historical Society

The My Milwaukee exhibit, hosted by the Milwaukee County Historical Society, displayed works of art created with an educational focus on history. Each piece featured a local student’s visions of their place in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee County Historical Society featured over 100 pieces of student art centered around student depictions of Milwaukee, created during the third week of September. The exhibit, My Milwaukee, was developed in partnership with UW-Milwaukee ArtsEco, an arts education professional development program, involving teachers and students from six Milwaukee schools. Each student from kindergarten to eighth grade had a unique interpretation of the theme. Projects...

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