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
3:18 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Latinos' Impact on Race Relations

South Division High School has a mainly Latino, black and Asian student body.

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.

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Project Milwaukee
3:15 pm
Wed June 17, 2009

Influx of Latino Immigrants

Students learn English at the Council for the Spanish Speaking.

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.

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Project Milwaukee
3:10 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

How Children Understand Race

Erin Winkler is an assistant professor in the Department of Africology at UWM. She spoke with Stephanie Lecci about how children learn to perceive race and how we consider it as adults.

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Project Milwaukee
3:05 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

Racial Divides in Music

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.

Project Milwaukee
3:02 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

The Rise & Fall of Bronzeville

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.

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