MPS students to perform teacher-written play focused on local black history

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee High School of the Arts students will perform a play Friday night written by one of their teachers and focused on black history in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

“We learn about black history in February and they normally talk about Dr. King, Rosa Parks,” writer and MHSA teacher Colette Allen said. “They’re prominent people but we never hear about what the people in Milwaukee and Wisconsin have done.”

Forty to 45 students will take part in the 7 p.m. performance of the show dubbed “Did You Know That…”

The educational and entertaining show plays tribute to local leaders including Vel Phillips, Lloyd Barbee, Orville Pitt, Father James Groppi, Ezekiel Gillespie and the NAACP.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students for the show at MHSA, 2300 W. Highland Avenue, Milwaukee 53233. For more information, call 414.934.7000.

Students are expected to rehearse the play earlier Friday. Media seeking interviews or footage should contact Tony Tagliavia, MPS media manager, at 414.475.8675.