“To deny a person the right to exercise his political freedom at the polls is no less a dastardly act as to deny a Christian the right to petition God in prayer.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., June, 1965
With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today and Inauguration Day on Wednesday, we couldn’t think of a more apt time to view Metcalfe Park: Black Vote Rising, a short documentary about a mother-daughter team going door-to-door in their Milwaukee neighborhood to bring out the vote in this past November’s election. The film will premiere at 9 pm ET tonight, over the air on World Channel and streaming at worldchannel.org.
Danell Cross and her daughter Melody McCurtis, angered by the disenfranchisement of Black voters in Wisconsin’s April primary, work diligently to help residents of their neighborhood realize the importance of voting in the upcoming Presidential election even in the face of reduced polling stations, disinformation campaigns, and the threat of Covid-19. In addition to voting info, they bring census info, Covid safety kits and food staples to their neighbors.
Wisconsin, a key swing state won by Donald Trump in 2016, flipped to Joe Biden in 2020.
(Top photo: ‘Metcalfe Park’ screenshot, image courtesy of World Channel)
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