The Black Lens film series at the Oriental Theater celebrates black heritage


MILWAUKEE – Black History Month is in full swing and this year Black Lens Milwaukee is back with programming that celebrates black heritage.

Geraud Blanks and his team organize screenings, panels and other events at the Oriental Theater throughout the month.

“I think history in general is important to humanity,” Blanks said. “It tells us who we are and where we come from. It tells us where we are now (and) the possibilities for the future.”

Each week is a different theme: black perspectives, black love, black genealogies, and black memories.

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“This week is all about black love through a black lens,” Blanks said. “So we have our shorts program, which is a series of shorts about different aspects of black love.”

Blanks says it’s important to continue telling black stories and stories of diversity at this pivotal time in our country’s history.

“There are so many aspects of black history that we need to teach our children and by our children, I mean American children, he said. “We have to understand the history of this country, the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between.”

To facilitate access, several screenings are free.

“Every day we’re working on something new,” Blanks explained. “Obviously we have a whole host of events scheduled, but there’s always outreach to be done. Always trying to promote to new audiences.”

All this in the hope of ensuring that as many people as possible can soak up the culture together.

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