Details of the documentary “student exchange” between two Wisconsin cities

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Two cities in Wisconsin captured a moment in time during the civil rights movement. “A teacher at Kaukauna high school wanted his children to have a broader view of the world. To do this, he wanted them to perform the play ‘In White America’. But in Kaukauna there are no blacks.” , said documentary producer and director Joanne Williams. Students from predominantly white Kaukauna High School in Fox River Valley traded their lives with a group of students from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee to stage one of the landmark plays of the Civil Rights Era. Fifty years later, Williams tells the often-overlooked story and lessons of social experience in a new documentary, “The Exchange in White America: Kaukauna and King 50 Years Later”. “I wanted Milwaukee to know that, and I wanted Kaukauna to know that, and I wanted the rest of Wisconsin and the rest of the country to know that this exchange has happened and is successful,” said Williams. The documentary features raw video and reflections with attendees on the original exchange and revelations of a new generation. “It was a project that took place over 50 years ago, but do you see any parallels today? WISN 12 News’ Gerron Jordan asked Williams. “We’re all in America, and we can all get to know each other if we can take it one at a time,” she said. Williams plans to enter the documentary at the Milwaukee Film Festival this spring.

Two cities in Wisconsin captured a moment in time during the civil rights movement.

“A teacher at Kaukauna high school wanted his children to have a broader view of the world. In order to do that, he wanted them to perform the play ‘In White America’, but in Kaukauna there are no blacks.” , said the producer and director of the documentary. said Joanne Williams.

Students from predominantly white Kaukauna High School in Fox River Valley traded their lives with a group of students from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee to stage one of the landmark plays of the Civil Rights Era.

Fifty years later, Williams tells the often-overlooked story and lessons of social experience in a new documentary, “The Exchange in White America: Kaukauna and King 50 Years Later”.

“I wanted Milwaukee to know that, and I wanted Kaukauna to know that, and I wanted the rest of Wisconsin and the rest of the country to know that this exchange has happened and is successful,” said Williams.

The documentary features raw video and reflections with attendees on the original exchange and revelations of a new generation.

“It was a project that took place over 50 years ago, but do you see any parallels today? WISN 12 News’ Gerron Jordan asked Williams.

“We’re all in America, and we can all get to know each other if we can take it one at a time,” she said.

Williams plans to enter the documentary at the Milwaukee Film Festival this spring.

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