Press Releases


August 19, 2013

Free Pre-Broadcast Screening Event Open To Public

The involvement of local citizens in the 1963 Great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom will be the focus of a BLACK NOUVEAU special this month that commemorates the march's 50th anniversary. "For Jobs and Freedom" will be broadcast at 7:00 p.m. on August 27 and at 6:30 p.m. on August 28 on MPTV 10.1 HD.

In addition, MPTV will offer a free screening of "For Jobs and Freedom" on August 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum, 2620 W. Center Street, Milwaukee. The producers of the BLACK NOUVEAU special, as well as some guests featured in interviews in the program, will be available for questions and discussion at the event. The screening is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Seating can be reserved by calling 414-372-7677.

On August 28, 1963, roughly 250,000 Americans participated in the Great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. BLACK NOUVEAU host Joanne Williams recounts the events leading up to the march and talks with participants Ted Mack of Milwaukee's CORE Chapter; Rep. John Lewis, one of the ten march conveners; Vel Phillips, the first African-American and woman on Milwaukee's Common Council; Kurt L. Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore; George Paz Martin of the National Peace Action Education Fund; David Newby, former president of Wisconsin's AFL-CIO; and Rachelle Horowitz, transportation director for the march. She also talks with Dr. Lyn Hughes, founder of the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum; Dr. Harry Rubenstein, co-curator of "Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation 1863 and the March on Washington 1963" exhibit currently at the Smithsonian; and Dr. William P. Jones, University of Wisconsin historian and author of "The March On Washington."

The broadcasts of "For Jobs and Freedom" will be followed by an encore of BLACK NOUVEAU's special "Freedom Walkers for Milwaukee." Milwaukee's Freedom Walks began on August 28, 1967, four years to the day after the Great March on Washington across what is now the Father Groppi Bridge. This 30-minute documentary traces Milwaukee's most turbulent events during the Civil Rights struggle, and reveals how Milwaukee earned the nickname "the Selma of the North."

Now in its 22nd season, BLACK NOUVEAU is regarded by the community as one of the most accurate and positive perspectives of African American life in Milwaukee. The award-winning program offers messages that promote positive images, interviews and profiles of African-American movers and shakers, and explores the history, heritage, culture and challenges of the African-American experience. BLACK NOUVEAU also serves as an agent for positive change within the community at large.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two high definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, seven additional digital television services, the popular website, community education and engagement projects throughout southeastern Wisconsin, and the monthly magazine Fine Tuning. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The stations are watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

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Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
P: (414) 297-8229

Joe Bauer, Manager of Administration and Planning
P: (414) 297-7660