Western To Host Film Screening

As part of the “Make Change Film Series and Community Conversation,” Western Technical College will be showing the film, “Milwaukee 53206” on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 6-8:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Integrated Technology Center, 325 8th St. N., La Crosse.

“Milwaukee 53206” is a 2016 documentary featuring the lives of those who live in the zip code that incarcerates the highest percentage of African American men in the country, and the toll this incarceration takes on an entire family. Following the showing, there will be a structured discussion leading up to a larger community action project to be implemented in the fall of this year.

“Incarceration can impact the whole family, which is why we chose this film,” said Mary Anna Thornton, director of Achieving the Dream, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Western Technical College. “We hope this film gives students a better understanding the challenges African Americans face in inner-cities every day.”

The film series is held on the third Tuesday of every month through April and is open to Western students, faculty, and the general public. Admission is free as part of a $5,000 grant awarded to Western from Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that works to advance the public purposes of higher education. Western was one of 40 recipients chosen. Other recipients include Yale and Rutgers Universities.

To learn more about the event, head to www.westerntc.edu/events.