Celebrate African-American History Month 2019 with WPT

January 22, 2019

Any day is a great day to recognize the many contributions that African-Americans have made to American history and culture. But February offers special opportunities to celebrate and recognize African-Americans, both famous and not-so-famous, who have made a difference. Read on for a selection of upcoming programs airing on WPT – and don’t forget our…

Vel Phillips Curriculum Delivers “Experiences, Not Lessons”

October 10, 2016

Milwaukee High School of the Arts social studies teachers Drew deLutio and Kelsey Noack worked with WPT to create “experiences, not lessons” for students to engage more deeply with the extraordinary story of Vel Phillips. A flash drive containing the Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams curriculum was recently mailed to social studies educators for grades…

Archives of Vel Phillips to be Made Available

February 19, 2015

Written by Michael Edmonds, Deputy Director of the Library-Archives Division of the Wisconsin Historical Society, which hosts a free discussion on Milwaukee’s Civil Rights Struggle Tuesday, Feb. 24. As you probably saw from Monday night’s documentary, Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams, Milwaukee’s Vel Phillips has led a remarkable life – activist, Common Council member, judge, Wisconsin…

Documenting the Vivacity of Vel Phillips

January 29, 2015

Written by Robert Trondson, producer/director of the WPT documentary Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams. I first saw Vel Phillips speak in spring of 2012 …and I was completely blown away. I had attended a screening of the PBS documentary American Experience: Freedom Riders, after which a panel of professors and activists took to the stage,…

Vel Phillips Community Engagement

January 16, 2015

More than a documentary, Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams is a statewide engagement project that will bring the community together for screenings and conversations about equity and civil rights in the 21st century. Due to extraordinary interest in hosting events related to this project, we have developed event kits that include a DVD of the…

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

December 16, 2014

Watch Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams online now. When Vel Phillips was a young girl her mother always told her, “If you really want it, don’t dream small dreams, dream BIG dreams.” Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams Premieres statewide February 16, 2015 In February, the story of one remarkable woman and the struggles she undertook…