We Are The Drum New Season!!

We Are The Drum

We Are THe Drum Student Show Flyer




TMD just learned that 1290 WMCS has shut down its talk format. All on-air personalities (except Phil Anderson “Blues After Dark”) have been told they will no longer be appearing on the station due to its financial struggles. They are no longer providing the Black Community with a voice.

So it goes on for the state of Black Milwaukee.

A Man On A Mission…Earl Ingram

It’s been said that leaders aren’t made but they are born…Earl Ingram Jr. is such an example and excudes leadership within the Milwaukee Community daily. I’ll just speak on what the man is doing to lead via the hottest, Black Talk Show in the country. If you’ve been in a coma for two-and-a-half years, this fact may have escaped you. Each afternoon from 3pm – 6pm, the city is on lockdown and everyone is tuned to 1290 WMCS to listen to the most important, public figure in Milwaukee. Yes, he is that major.

All you need to do is spend time with him at any gathering he attends and ask those who are there what they think about Ingram and his show. You’ll hear words like powerful, exciting, informative, can’t miss, tremendous…I can go on as these are just a few of the adjectives I was told this Saturday at Coffee Makes You Black. A supporter named Jerry from New York said he has listened to talk radio all his life from coast-to-coast and Ingram was the best by far because he told the truth and was unafraid. Another brother from Chicago said WVON was the best station amoungst Black Radio, but Ingram had the best show and needs to be broadcast on that station too.

Last week, Ingram was compelled to invite the owner – Bradley Thurman -of Coffee Makes You Black onto the radio station to highlight this gem of a Black Business. What the larger community learned (many for the first time) was that Thurman was more than an entrepreneur, but he was an institution for all the things he provided through his venue. Ingram ask the community to come out and support their brother and those who were employed there and the city of Milwaukee responded. The week concluded with Ingram bringing acclaimed  Civil Rights Attorney Alton Maddox  and activist Frederick Alexander Meade to a meet and great Friday evening and back Saturday morning for a Black Man’s Forum hosted by Bro. Tony Courtney (see pics). Needless to say, the community came out to see Ingram and his guest.

Calling All Civil Rights Leaders Past & Present in Milwaukee

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….

Calling All Civil Rights Leaders in Milwaukee

“We Are The Drum – A Rhythm In Wisconsin” – 2012

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 Grover, 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 are calling on those who lived this experience to share their stories with us in special listening sessions on Tuesday, November 15th and Wednesday November 16th from 5 pm to 8 pm and again November 19th from 10 am to 1 pm. We will meet at North Division Room #102, 1011 West Center Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

We are looking for all 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.

If you are interested in attending and would like more information please call 414-397-8661 or email arsmusic00@aol.com. (zero, zero). Otherwise we would love to see you at the meetings. Please share this announcement with everyone. We want to make sure we honor and thank you for your courage and brave acts that moved Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the nation so powerfully.

Thank you,

CAPITA Productions

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.

“We Are The Drum – A Rhythm In Wisconsin” – 2012 Show Dates:


Public Shows:

Fri, Feb. 24th, Sat., Feb. 25th, Fri. Mar. 3rd & Sat., Mar. 4th at 7:30 pm-

Tickets will go on sale on Dec. 1st

Student Shows:

The dates are: Tues. Feb.21st, Wed, Feb. 22nd, Mon., Feb.27th

 & Wed. Feb. 29th at 10am & 12 pm. tickets are $4 per child.

For more info on the student shows, call Liz Coleman- 414-807-7322

You can find more about CAPITA by visiting us on our Facebook Page


or Twitter @CAPITAProd

BREAKING NEWS: Meade in Milwaukee July 30th

Aspiring Writers

One on One with

Frederick Alexander Meade


Date:                  July 30th 2011

Time:                 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location:          Wisconsin Black Historical  Society/ Museum
                              2620 West Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53206

Phone:               414-372-7677     

Email:                clayborn@wbhsm.org

Mr. Meade will visit Milwaukee to work with aspiring writers

Please encourage all writers to attend and meet with Mr. Meade to learn more about writing as he shares his experiences and provides advice regarding the field.

Writing Seminar

Session I:   The Power of the Written Word  

Session II:  The Field of Journalism (How to get published, working with editors etc…)

About Our Guest:

Frederick Alexander Meade is one of today’s most compelling social and political commentators…

A gifted orator, he is a powerful mix of prophet, freedom fighter, and historian. He travels extensively, addressing topics of national and global significance. A fearless challenger of the status quo, Frederick Alexander Meade is one of the most provocative intellectuals in the public arena.

Mr. Meade’s critical analyses expose the institutional structures that serve as impediments to the welfare of those who comprise the African diaspora. He courageously pronounces the truth he discerns and makes no apologies for the positions he assumes in providing impassioned orations designed to empower the masses.

Frederick Alexander Meade is a syndicated columnist currently residing in Atlanta Georgia, providing analysis on social and political matters.

He is a contributor to Black Star News, The Afro American, The Michigan Chronicle, Race-Talk Blog Magazine and Press TV among many other news media outlets around the world. His work has also been featured in The Huffington Post.

Meade a NNPA (National Newspaper Publishers Association) Special Correspondent has been acknowledged for his unwavering stance in advocating for social and political truths.

He can be heard on Milwaukee’s 1290 WMCS “The Evening Rush Show” hosted by Earl Ingram Jr. every Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Central Time during the hour segment, “Mondays with Meade.”

Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum                                                      More about our Featured Guest

http://wbhsm.homestead.com/home.html                                                        http://www.frederickmeade.com