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Racine & Me March 18, 2018: Dr. Bernice A. King Perspective, REAL Robotics, PEEPS at the RAM, and Artist Bill Reid

Jacob Kittilstad recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Bernice A King – the daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The conversation happened after an event sponsored by The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and The Milwaukee Urban League called “Praying with Their Feet” which explored the partnership between Jewish and Black activists during the Civil Rights Movement. Susannah Heschel - Eli Black Professorship of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College – was also a large part of the event. Jacob was able to get Dr. King’s perspective on the city of Racine being named the 4th Worst City for Black Americans in a recent USA Today analysis. Click here for the full CBS 58 Sunday Morning story

Next, the young women behind REAL Robotics came to the studio to share details on their first year of competition. They recently bagged-up the robot they created for an upcoming tournament – and they are now practicing their strategies and programming on a practice robot. They are also fundraising so they can continue the program. Click here to visit their Donor Choose page

Returning for its ninth year – the Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition is back at the Racine Art Museum. This years cropped on entries includes pieces inspired by the Mona Lisa, the Winter Olympics, and Christina’s World (PEEPS artwork actually provided by Christie’s Chicago). Trophies designed by Hot Shop Glass will be awarded to the top three entries in this event expanding its reach every year. Click here to learn more about the event


And artist Bill Reid again entered this year’s exhibition with another piece completely in a style of his own. Reid is well known in Racine County for his surreal and fanciful metal sculptures painted in bold, colorful shades. He often is inspired by animal and Jacob grilled him on which creatures had and had not inspired him so far. Click here to visit Bill Reid's website

Guests: Dr. Bernice A. King – CEO of The King Center, Emma Silvani – REAL Robotics team member, Rachel Kegerreis – REAL Robotics team member, Dayzi Brown – REAL Robotics team member, Madyson Chao – REAL Robotics team member, Nicole Recupero – REAL Robotics team member, Jessica Zalewski – Racine Art Museum Marketing and Publications Manager, Lisa Englander – Racine Art Museum Guest Experience and Retail Division Manager, Bill Reid - Artist

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