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NEWS: 3/26/2013 2013 SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: This year's We Are The Drum "We Are The Drum - A Movement In Wisconsin" will be held April 19th & 20th, April 26th & 27th - 7:00p at Lincoln Center of the Arts - 820 East Knapp Street.


We Are The Drum 2013

  CAPITA Productions' 2013 presentation of
"We Are The Drum - A Movement in Wisconsin"
moves to Lincoln Center of the Arts
Inspired by a distinctive movement for racial justice in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Civil Right Movement












Since 1990, CAPITA Productions (City At Peace In The Arts) founded by Brother Booker Ashe and others has been presenting a Black History Program yearly for thousands in the Greater Milwaukee Area.


This year we are adding a very special and overdue segment which will celebrate those brave marchers and demonstrators, from all backgrounds, who risked their lives for the cause of civil rights, especially in Milwaukee. It will be a dramatic reenactment of the Underground Railroad, prominent in the Waukesha area; the escaped slave Joshua Glover, and Fr. Jim Groppi’s “March on Milwaukee”.


For 200 consecutive nights hundreds marched for open housing through rain, snow and fear of physical attacks. These heroes have not been properly honored until now. Their stories should be known by our youth as well as everyone in Milwaukee and across the nation.


We will celebrate those who lived this experience, sharing the stories of those who participated in the demonstrations, served on the NAACP Youth Council, Commandos, and all organizations that led or joined in some way, the historic Milwaukee’s Civil Rights Movement.

An excerpt taken from

The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee

Patrick D Jones

Between 1958 and 1970, a distinctive movement for racial justice emerged from unique circumstances in Milwaukee. A series of local leaders inspired growing numbers of people to participate in campaigns against employment and housing discrimination, segregated public schools, the membership of public officials in discriminatory organizations, welfare cuts, and police brutality.


The Milwaukee movement culminated in the dramatic—and sometimes violent—1967 open housing campaign. A white Catholic priest, James Groppi, led the NAACP Youth Council and Commandos in a militant struggle that lasted for 200 consecutive nights and provoked the ire of thousands of white residents. After working-class mobs attacked demonstrators, some called Milwaukee “the Selma of the North.” Others believed the housing campaign represented the last stand for a nonviolent, interracial, church-based movement.

Civil Right in Milwaukee

Public Shows:

Tickets are $10, $15
$20 (VIP)
per person


• Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 7:00pm

• Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 7:00pm

• Friday, April 26, 2013 @ 7:00pm

• Saturday, April 27, 2013 @ 7:00pm

at Lincoln Center of The Arts
820 East Knapp Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202


Student Shows:

Tickets are $5 per student.

For more info on the student shows,
call Liz Coleman- 414-807-7322 or Ms. Smith - 414-212-3307

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• Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 10:00am & 12:00pm

• Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 10:00am & 12:00pm

• Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 10:00am & 12:00pm


• Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 10:00am & 12:00pm

• Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 10:00am & 12:00pm

• Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 10:00am & 12:00pm

All shows take place at:

Lincoln Center of The Arts
820 East Knapp Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202


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