Milwaukee-born writer and historian John Gurda is a Lake Effect contributor. He’s been studying the history of Milwaukee since 1972, and has authored 18 books, including The Making of Milwaukee. He gives Mitch Teich a brief overview of race relations in Milwaukee from the early 19th century through the 1950s.
George Gonis is the board president of the Joshua Glover-Cathedral Square project, which wants to create a monument to Glover's story and its national impact. He explains to Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci how the 1854 freeing of runaway slave Joshua Glover by a mob of abolitionist Milwaukeeans reverberated across the country.
Descendants of the original settlers of Wisconsin’s Cheyenne Valley gathered at Cardinal Stritch University last year to talk about their childhoods in and around Hillsboro, once Wisconsin’s largest African American settlement. We heard the voices of Wilbur Arms, Claude Bugbee, Barb Stanek, Rita Marie Witter, Iva Mae Roberts Storey and Mike Thompson. Jane Hampden produced our feature, which originally aired in 2008.
There’s been talk of a post-racial America developing, as the presidency of Barack Obama unfolds. Yet it appears great strides are needed, including in southeastern Wisconsin. The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council has been fighting housing discrimination for 30 years, and yet staff members say people here are still denied housing because of their race.
Milwaukee has long been known as one of the most segregated cities in the country. This morning, WUWM begins to explore whether that reputation still holds true today. During our Project Milwaukee coverage, we’ll look at the state of race relations in the city, how they’ve improved and where there’s still room for growth. WUWM’s Erin Toner begins our series with a view on the early history of blacks and whites living together in Milwaukee.
Today is the beginning of our annual Project Milwaukee series. This week and next, we’re examining race relations in the city – how blacks and whites have interacted throughout history, and where those relationships stand today. This morning, we heard about the early history of race relations in Milwaukee – from before the Civil War to the end of World War II. Now, we hear from a man who’s part of that history. WUWM's Erin Toner reports.
Today through next week, WUWM’s Project Milwaukee will examine the state of black-white relations in our community. Earlier this morning, we reported on historic events that brought African Americans to Milwaukee, where the two races began sharing the city. However, their time living side by side was relatively short, according to Marc Levine, Director of the UWM Center for Economic Development. He says those already here, along with realtors, lenders and even the government were of the mind that mixed neighborhoods were unstable. Rules and discrimination followed.