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Project Milwaukee
2:47 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

Cudahy Teens Say Race Plays Larger Role in Society than in Their Lives

Ian Smith

Last hour, as part of our Project Milwaukee series on race relations, we presented the views of local teenagers who belong to minority groups. Now we visit Cudahy High School to speak with white students. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis discovered, the conversations produced similar themes. I began the conversation with students at Cudahy High School by asking one question. Sophomore Ben Rejniak was first.

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Project Milwaukee
2:42 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

The Lives of Interracial Couples

Keith Holt & Jennifer Buchholz

We add some new voices to our Project Milwaukee series: Black & White, as we continue examining race relations in the city.

WUWM’s Susan Bence talked with several interracial couples to learn about their lives and some of the challenges they face.

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Project Milwaukee
2:35 pm
Tue June 16, 2009

Teens Speak on Race

Lowrysha Cheatham, Melissa Valencia and Ashleigh Boatman.

We’re continuing on with our Project Milwaukee series exploring race relations in Milwaukee. This morning WUWM’s LaToya Dennis brought us four inner city teens of various skin colors. They spoke to her about the importance of race and ethnicity and how it impacts their lives. This afternoon, we’ll pick up where we left off this morning. We’ll here from those same teens about segregation in Milwaukee and stereotypes. There’s a lot of research out there that pinpoints Milwaukee as being one of the most segregated cities in the United States. Some people say you can guess which side of town someone lives on simply based on their ethnicity. I wanted to know if that was true, so I asked the teens about their neighborhoods.

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Project Milwaukee
2:32 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

Public Policy Forum Studies Race Relations

Rob Henken is the Executive Director of the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum, a non-partisan policy research organization. He spoke with Mitch Teich. The Forum has studied race relations in Milwaukee with several comprehensive reports in the past; you can find links here. Henken tells Mitch Teich what the forum's interest is in something as all-encompassing as race relations.

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Project Milwaukee
2:31 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

Disparities in Jobless Rates & Barriers to Employment

Lois Quinn is a senior scientist for the Employment and Training Institute at the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. She spoke with Mitch Teich as part of our Project Milwaukee: Black and White series on disparities in jobless rates and barriers to employment.

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Project Milwaukee
2:24 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

Legacy Bank Fills a Need

Margaret Henningsen is the Founder and Executive Vice President of Legacy Bank, located on Fond du Lac Avenue in Milwaukee. It was chartered 10 years ago next month. She explains why creating opportunities for entrepreneurship and homeownership in the African American community has been of primary importance to her.

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Project Milwaukee
2:21 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

So-Called 'White Flight'

Amanda Seligman is a professor of history and the director of the Urban Studies program at UWM. She tells Stephanie Lecci how the concept of so-called “white flight” is often over-simplified.

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Project Milwaukee
2:18 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

What the Races Think of Each Other

Black residents frequent Mister Perkins restaurant on the north side.

Milwaukee has long held a reputation of being segregated: with blacks living primarily on the north side and whites on the south.

In today’s installment of Project Milwaukee: Black and White, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson visited establishments on both sides of town, to ask blacks and whites about their interactions with each other.

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Project Milwaukee
2:14 pm
Mon June 15, 2009

Bringing the Races Together

Our Project Milwaukee: Black and White series continues this morning, with a report on a program that brings together professionals of different races. The idea is to increase understanding among the races, in hopes they'll influence their workplace and the larger community. However, some claim the program only scratches the surface. WUWM's Ann-Elise Henzl has more.

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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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