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Voices of Milwaukee Bronzeville
October 1 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Join us Friday, October 1st at 12:30 pm central time for the first webinar event of UWM’s Department of African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) 2021-22 Webinar Series with author and AADS Lecturer Dr. Sandra Jones in a conversation about her new book, Voices of Milwaukee Bronzeville. The discussion will be moderated by AADS Assistant Professor Dr. Ermitte Saint Jacques and will be hosted via Zoom and streamed live to our department’s Facebook page.
Free registration is required to join via Zoom and participate in the Q&A:
Book Overview: Voices of Milwaukee Bronzeville
Some people don’t have to imagine what Milwaukee’s Bronzeville was like. They have only to remember. They recall Walnut Street alive with businesses serving a hardworking Black population making something out of the meager resources available to them. They describe religious establishments such as St. Mark’s Methodist Episcopal, St. Benedict the Moor, Calvary Baptist and St. Matthew CME attending to the spiritual life and remember the Flame, the Metropole and Satin Doll nightclubs taking care of entertainment and secular needs. Above all, they recollect a people looking out for the well-being of all within its realm. Gathering interviews with residents of the now-vanished neighborhood, Dr. Sandra E. Jones reimagines Bronzeville not just as a place, but as a spirit engendered by a people determined to make a way out of no way.
About the Author
Sandra E. Jones has lived her entire life in Milwaukee. She was born at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Jones’s family lived on every block of West Wright Street from 10th to 17th Street, and she attended Lloyd Street Elementary School. While she missed the experience of Bronzeville proper, Jones remembers Saturday afternoon movies at the Roosevelt Theater and ice cream at the Tastee Twist on 12th Street and Teutonia Avenue. Earning her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2004, she served as an assistant professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and as assistant director of the UWM Cultures and Communities curriculum development program for six years. She retired in 2015.