Robert Miranda is the editor and publisher of the Spanish Journal; he’s also the Executive Director of Esperanza Unida, Inc. in Milwaukee. Troy Shaw is President and CEO of TDS Management, which produces diversity-themed television programming. They spoke with Mitch Teich about their frustrations about the state of relations between Milwaukee’s African-American and Hispanic communities and the white community.
Maria Cadenas is the executive director of the Cream City Foundation, and Brenda Coley is the director of adult services for the Milwaukee-based Diverse & Resilient. They spoke with Stephanie Lecci about how the broader state of race relations in Milwaukee gets reflected in the LGBT community.
Della Wells is a visual artist, founder of ABEA and on the board of the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend. Reynaldo Hernandez is an artist, muralist and illustrator. Dr. Walter Sava is the Executive Director of the Latino Historical Society of Wisconsin, and has worked with Latino Arts, the Greater Milwaukee Education Trust, Latinos United for Political Action, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Today we bring the Latino population into our Project Milwaukee series on race relations. The number of Latinos in Milwaukee County has been growing rapidly – up 40 percent since the year 2000. Now, Latinos make up 12 percent of the county’s population. WUWM’s Erin Toner reports on how this demographic shift has impacted the area’s racial dynamic.
Our Project Milwaukee series about race relations continues now on WUWM. Today, we talk about a newer wave of immigrants to the city: Latinos. They now comprise 12 percent of the population of Milwaukee County, or more than 114,000 residents. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports on the Latino movement here and how it compares with the black and white experiences.
Laura Snyder plays double bass for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Bruce Cole is a working drummer and the Development Librarian for the Jean Cujé Milwaukee Music Collection at Marquette University. Snyder begins the conversation by remembering the racial makeup of Milwaukee Symphony when she arrived from New York City almost 40 years ago.
Jill Florence-Lackey is the Executive Director of the Milwaukee-based firm, Urban Anthropology, Incorporated. The group has studied Milwaukee’s cultural groups for more than a decade. It also takes people on tours of Milwaukee's ethnic communities, including the area which was once Bronzeville. Florence-Lackey explained to Mitch Teich what the factors were that led to the creation of Bronzeville.
Jerry Poling is the Assistant City Editor of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. He's author of the book A Summer Up North: Henry Aaron and the Legend of Eau Claire Baseball, about Hank Aaron's year playing minor league baseball in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, published by The University of Wisconsin Press. He spoke with Mitch Teich from Eau Claire.
Milwaukee has the dubious reputation of being one of the most segregated cities in the United States. As part of our Project Milwaukee series on race relations, we sat down with a group of four inner city teens to explore the issue. They spoke about race and the role it plays in their lives with WUWM’s LaToya Dennis. Speaking openly about race doesn’t seem to be a problem for these four teens from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.