Black & White Race Relations in Milwaukee

Project Milwaukee
12:41 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

Selma of the North: Milwaukee's Civil Rights Movement & Fr. James Groppi

Margaret "Peggy" Rozga, widow of the late civil rights leader James Groppi, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Patrick Jones discuss Milwaukee's place in civil rights history.

Margaret “Peggy” Rozga is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. She was married to the late civil rights leader James Groppi from the time he left the priesthood in 1976 until his death in 1985. Patrick Jones is Assistant Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and author of The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee, published by Harvard University Press. Margaret Rozga continues to be involved in issues of social inequity; she's also published a collection of poems about the fight for open housing.

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Project Milwaukee
12:37 pm
Fri June 12, 2009

Reporter's Notebook: Covering Milwaukee's Civil Rights Movement

Frank Aukofer is the retired Washington Bureau chief of The Milwaukee Journal and its successor, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He is also the author of the book City with a Chance, which chronicled his experiences as a civil rights reporter in Milwaukee; it was first published in 1968. His memoir, Never a Slow Day: Adventures of a 20th Century Newspaper Reporter, was recently published by Marquette University Press. He spoke with Stephanie Lecci on the phone from Seattle.

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Project Milwaukee
12:34 pm
Fri June 12, 2009

Milwaukee Civil Rights Walking Tour

Shirley Butler-Derge wants to include Milwaukee's 16th Street viaduct, also known as the James E. Groppi Unity Bridge, as part of a walking tour of important civil rights sites in Milwaukee.

Shirley Butler-Derge is a poet and author of several books. She was an active member of the NAACP Youth Council, and hopes to create a walking tour of Milwaukee sites that were important during the civil rights movement. She takes Stephanie Lecci to a few of those sites, including Rufus King High School, the former location of St. Boniface Church and the 16th Street viaduct.

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Project Milwaukee
12:31 pm
Fri June 12, 2009

Push for School Integration

We continue our series Project Milwaukee: Black and White with a look at school segregation. The push to integrate the schools flared racial tensions here in the 1960s and 1970s. The results of the fight were mixed. WUWM's Ann-Elise Henzl has our report.

Words used in the story may be offensive to some, but are integral to the report.

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Project Milwaukee
12:26 pm
Thu June 11, 2009

The 1960s: A Decade of Turmoil and Change in Milwaukee

A store on this block at 18th and Fond Du Lac was looted during Milwaukee's 1967 civil disturbance.

Effects of long term discrimination in Milwaukee rose to a boiling point in the 1960s. The period included a nearly decades long push for fair housing. That struggle was interrupted in 1967 by a violent disturbance which some people still refer to today as the Milwaukee "riot."

Our “Project Milwaukee” series focusing on race relations continues now with a look back at a turbulent time.

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