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CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS OF MILWAUKEE TO BE FEATURED IN MPTV BROADCAST OF FRANK P. ZEIDLER MEMORIAL LECT

October 15, 2013


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was a quest for civil and economic rights. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the event changed the course of history. The annual Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture discussed the impact of this important event and MPTV was there to document it. Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) will broadcast the lecture on November 3 at 3:00 p.m. on MPTV 36.1 HD and on November 4 at 10:00 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist James Causey moderated the program which explored the past, present and future of civil and economic rights in a lively question-and-answer interchange with three prominent panelists who have been deeply involved in movements for racial equality. The three panelists are Sheila Cochran, CEO and secretary-treasurer of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council; the Rev. Joseph Ellwanger, an ELCA Lutheran clergyman who served in Birmingham, worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was instrumental in founding the Lutheran Social Action Conference here with late Milwaukee Mayor Frank Zeidler; and the Rev. Dr. Trinette V. McCray, past national president of the American Baptist Churches, USA, and current national president of the American Baptist Historical Society.

The Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture was held on September 26 in Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library. It is an annual event held in honor of Milwaukee's last Socialist mayor, Frank Zeidler, who served in that post from 1948 to 1960. He remained active in the community for many years until his death in 2006.

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, and seven additional digital television services. 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.

For more information, visit www.mptv.org.

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