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  • The Exchange
    September 16, 2020
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network and learn more about an important documentary on race relations more than fifty years in the making. Find out how one play and the vision of one teacher shaped the lives of people in two Wisconsin towns in 1966 and 2016. Talk to the producer of the documentary and see how your support can bring it to life.

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The film The Exchange: In White America : Kaukauna & King 50 Years Later, documents the impact of  a decision in 1966 to perform a controversial play about the lives of black Americans with high school actors from two segregated towns in Wisconsin. To do this, they would leave their own communities and live in each others homes. In performing this play, they changed their communities and their lives.

Fifty years later, a new generation of students staged the play, facing the same questions and issues as a generation before. Our call introduces us to the documentary filmmaker and veteran journalist who is working to bring this slice of Wisconsin history to life.

Brief documentary description

“To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.”  --- --- Rosa Parks

The high school students who walked onto the stage in 1966 to perform the controversial play In White America, where only toddlers when civil rights icon Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The play and a school exchange in two segregated Wisconsin communities took that first step. The film The Exchange: In White America : Kaukauna & King 50 Years Later, documents the impact of this remarkable experience and how it changed lives and perceptions in 1966 and how it continues to do so today.

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Joanne Williams Bio  Her career began in high school when she hosted the teen talk show on Milwaukee’s WAWA Radio. Two weeks after graduating with honors in film from Northwestern University, she started working for WTMJ- TV in Milwaukee. That was followed by several years at WGN-Radio & TV in Chicago as a reporter, writer and part-time weathercaster.  She returned as WITI-TV’s Community Relations Director in 1978, spearheading many projects, including The Disabled Are Able, which was nominated for a national daytime Emmy. In 1982, Joanne returned to the WITI newsroom as a reporter and anchor. She was the host and segment producer for Milwaukee Public Television's award- winning "Black Nouveau" for eight years. She has now become an independent filmmaker producing a documentary about part of Wisconsin’s hidden history.  It is called “The Exchange. In White America. Kaukauna & King: 50 Years Later”

Denise Callaway Bio During her more than four decade career, Denise Callaway has won awards and accolades for her talent as a broadcast journalist and public relations executive. She has successfully managed public relations for several organizations including Greater Milwaukee Foundation – one of the largest community foundations in the world – and Milwaukee Public Schools, one of the largest school districts in the country. She also served as Executive Director of the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation. In “retirement” Callaway serves as a consultant to non-profit organizations.

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