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Showing entries tagged: Black History Month


Paramount Records: The Blues in Wisconsin

By Heather on Feb 13, 2015 1:43 PM

Did you know that in the early decades of the 20th century Wisconsin was home to a small record company that made a huge contribution to American music and culture by recording blues performers from Chicago and throughout the American South, such as Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Skip James, and other blues greats?

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The Growing Power of Will Allen

By Tim R on Feb 11, 2015 9:00 AM

His pioneering work in community-based urban farming made him a 2008 MacArthur Fellow and one of Time Magazines’ 100 Most Influential People of 2010. His name is Will Allen, and he's already an important part of today's Milwaukee, and Milwaukee's history.

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By Brett R on Feb 9, 2015 8:30 AM

Yeah, yeah, he was a Chicago Cub. But Ernie Banks is a True American Sports Hero for all of us.  

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Milwaukee, the "Selma of the North" during the 1960s

By Heather on Feb 6, 2015 9:48 AM

As the feature film Selma contends for the Best Picture Oscar at this month's Academy Awards ceremony, it is a good time to also remember Milwaukee's civil rights history. In the mid- to late 1960s, Milwaukee was a hotbed of the Civil Rights Movement, earning the nickname that gave rise to the book titled The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee, by…

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