Sifting and Winnowing & Film Burning

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April 18, 2021
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Join PBS Wisconsin, the UW Public History Project, and expert guests as we reveal never before seen footage exposing housing discrimination in 1962 Madison. The brainchild of then-Wisconsin NAACP president Lloyd Barbee and UW Extension filmmaker Stuart Hanisch, this collection of hidden camera footage was at first supported, then later legally restricted by the University of Wisconsin. Recently uncovered and unrestricted, this groundbreaking film will be shown and discussed by a panel of experts including Barbee’s children Daphne Barbee-Wooten and Rustam Barbee, YWCA Madison CEO Vanessa McDowell, and local historian Betty Banks. Join us to reveal and reflect on Madison’s hidden housing history on Sunday, April 18 at 6:00 pm.

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90 minutes


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    Carol - PBS Wisconsin


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    Kacie Lucchini Butcher


    Kacie Lucchini Butcher is a public historian whose work is dedicated to building empathy, advancing social justice, and helping marginalized communities reclaim their historical narratives. She is currently the Director of the UW-Madison Public History Project, a multi-year effort to uncover and give voice to the histories of discrimination, exclusion, and resistance on campus. The project will culminate in a physical and digital exhibit, public lectures, and curricular materials that will allow the Madison community to reckon with this history. Prior to coming to UW, Kacie was the co-curator of the award-winning exhibit Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis which documented the history of racial housing discrimination and its effects on the city today.

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    Daphne Barbee-Wooten


    Attorney Daphne Barbee-Wooten received her Juris Doctor from the University of Washington in 1979. In addition to her J.D., she has a Certificate in International Law from the Peace Palace, 1983 The Hague Netherlands and has a B.A. Degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She practiced law in Hawaii since 1981. She worked for the Office of Public Defender, and as an EEOC trial attorney. In private practice she concentrates on civil right cases. She has been on numerous panel discussion about civil rights. She has received many awards including the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from Hawaii NAACP along with her husband and the 2016 civil rights attorney of the year award from Sisters Empowering Hawaii. She was interviewed and featured in the History Makers, 2019. She is a published author and videographer. Her writing publications include: Justice for All, Selected Writings of Lloyd A. Barbee (Wisconsin Historical Press 2017), African American Attorneys in Hawaii Pacific Raven Press update in 2020, They Followed the Trade Winds: African Americans in Hawaii, UH Press 2004, as well as many journal articles. She and her husband Andre S. Wooten have video series on African and African American history which is shown on public access television.

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    Rustam Barbee


    Attorney Rustam A. Barbee received his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1984. He served as the Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wisconsin from 1984-1989 and as the Assistant Federal Public Defender in Hawaii and Guam. In private practice he focuses on federal criminal defense law. He is a member of the Hawaii Afro-American Bar Association where he has held various posts including President, Vice President, and Treasurer.

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    Cat Phan


    Cat Phan (she/her) has been the Digital and Media Archivist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison University Archives since December 2016. She is responsible for caring for and managing the image and audiovisual collections of the Archives and leading the development of the born-digital archiving program.

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    Vanessa McDowell


    A proven leader in the human services field. Vanessa McDowell brings a plethora of experience to her position as YWCA Madison's Chief Executive Officer. She was initially hired in 2014 as the Director of Support Services for the YWCA, then promoted to Chief Programs Officer, later promoted to Interim CEO. In July of 2017, Vanessa was named CEO and became the first black woman CEO in YWCA Madison’s 108 year history. Vanessa is deeply committed to offering programs and services that support women and social justice, help families and strengthen communities. She has a passion for serving others by leveraging voices that have been silenced as well as empowering others to live out their purpose. She works from an empowerment model which aligns with the mission of the YWCA Madison which is to eliminate racism and empower women. Prior to joining the YWCA, Vanessa worked for UW- Madison’s Wisconsin Equity and Inclusion Laboratory and was the Executive Assistant to the Pastor for Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Vanessa is born and raised in Madison, WI. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She has made a commitment to stay and work in the Madison community because of her dedication to this community. She was also selected to participate in the 2015 class of Leadership Greater Madison. In 2016 BRAVA magazine selected Vanessa as one of the 22 “Women to Watch”. In 2017, Vanessa was honored by the Church Women United with the “Building Community” Award. In February 2018, Vanessa was named one of the 35 Most Influential African Americans in Wisconsin by Madison 365. Vanessa was also honored as one of Madison’s 40 under 40 by In Business magazine in 2018. In 2019 Vanessa was appointed by Governor Evers to the State Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. She was also appointed by Governor Evers in 2021 to his State Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion. Also in 2021, Vanessa was an International Women’s Day Trailblazer award recipient

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    Betty Banks


    Betty Banks was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a local historian and community leader who has spent her whole life helping others in the Madison community. She worked professionally in childhood and family development alongside her many passion projects. She co-founded the Club TNT Television show, Today Not Tomorrow Inc., multiple Black newspapers, and Stony the Road, a Madison Black History Project. She has received many awards including the 2013 Woman of Distinction Award. Access Community Health Centers said, “Betty believes that everyone has a voice and everyone has a role to play. It is up to us to use our collective voices to help build families, neighborhoods and communities. Betty has shown that with determination and an open heart, an individual can change the lives of many for the better.”

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