Project Milwaukee: Black & White

Race Relations in Milwaukee

Milwaukee has long held the reputation, deservingly or not, of being one of the most segregated cities in the United States. Race relations in our community continue to impact education, economic development and our neighborhoods.

In June of 2009, WUWM News and Lake Effect journalists examined the history and evolution of black-white relations in Milwaukee. Project Milwaukee: Black & White explored how race relations have improved, and where there is still room for growth.

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Project Milwaukee
5:00 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Diversifying the Future of the Ad & Design World

Jonathan Gundlach is an OnRamp board member and the manager of billing and budgeting services at Hanson Dodge Creative. Temo Xopin is the creative director and founder of Spanglish Creative Services and an OnRamp volunteer. OnRamp seeks to expose minority students in Milwaukee to the advertising and design fields. They spoke with Stephanie Lecci, and Gundlach explained that the lack of diversity in the field is not a problem unique to Milwaukee.

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Project Milwaukee
4:57 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Community Development & Segregation

Renee Booker is the President and CEO of the North Avenue Community Development Corporation. Kori Schneider-Peragine is the Senior Administrator of the Community and Economic Development program for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council. They spoke with Mitch Teich, and Schneider-Peragine explains how the council looks at neighborhoods in terms of the opportunity they afford.

Project Milwaukee
4:53 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Volunteers & Race

Rotaract volunteers, including Club President Michael Scheer (center), help weed the Walnut Way fruit orchard and vegetable garden.

Our feature on volunteers' perceptions of race relations in Milwaukee was produced by Stephanie Lecci. It includes voices of members of Milwaukee’s Rotaract chapter and Walnut Way Conservation Corp employees.

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Project Milwaukee
4:23 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

No African World Festival Again

Mark Wade is the President of the Board of Directors for the African World Festival. Festival organizers recently announced that this summer's three-day event on Milwaukee's lakefront will not take place; they do plan to hold other events throughout the year, including tomorrow's Celebrating Shades of Black cocktail party and dance at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Wade tells Mitch Teich that he's optimistic the three-day festival will take place next summer.

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Project Milwaukee
4:20 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Diversity in Church Doesn't Come Without Problems

Two church members greet each other before service.

It’s been said that Sunday is the most segregated day of the week. And there’s research to back up the notion. For whatever reasons, different ethnicities tend to not worship together, no matter the religion. As part of our Project Milwaukee series on race relations, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis visits a local church where diversity is actually part of the appeal.

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Project Milwaukee
4:13 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Voices from African American Church

Discussion session ends at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

We continue our Project Milwaukee series: Black & White, examining race relations in the city.

WUWM’s Susan Bence visited New Hope Missionary Baptist Church on the northeast side, as members gathered for a weekly discussion group.

They shared their experiences and views of race relations in Milwaukee.

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Project Milwaukee
4:05 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Talking It Out

We continue our Project Milwaukee series: Black & White, examining race relations in the city.

We discovered a group that gathers once a month specifically to talk about race. WUWM’s Susan Bence attended a recent meeting.

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Project Milwaukee
4:02 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Frustrations in Milwaukee's Black & Hispanic Communities

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.

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Project Milwaukee
3:55 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Race & Milwaukee's LGBT 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.

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Project Milwaukee
3:21 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Segregation in Milwaukee's Visual Arts World

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.

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