WUWM: Race & Ethnicity Reporting

Race impacts so much. It’s not just the headlines and the statistics, it is a thing that is constantly shaping us - our work, our health, our relationships, our spirituality, our identity… It’s hard to make sense of it all.

That's why WUWM pays special attention to issues of race and ethnicity in southeastern Wisconsin.


Aisha Turner

Mothers Against Gun Violence organized an event Friday to bring attention to the importance of life insurance.

I believe I can fly… I believe I can touch the sky…


Debra Fifer raised her right hand in praise as Marshé Whaley belted into the microphone…


I think about it every night and day… spread my wings and fly away… I believe I can soar… see me running through that open door…


WTMJ-TV, Wisconsin Historical Society, and UW-Milwaukee Libraries

It was 50 years ago that the open housing marches began in Milwaukee. For 200 nights civil rights activists marched from the mostly black northside over the 16th Street Bridge to city’s predominately white southside. They demanded a law to end discriminatory housing practices that prevented African Americans from living in white areas of the city.


A teenager named Prentice McKinney was at the center of those marches, leading the NAACP Youth Commandos.

Aisha Turner

On Saturday, Milwaukeeans rallied in response to the racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. A large group spread out at the end of Wisconsin Avenue and chanted “white silence is violence” … “love trumps hate” … and “black lives matter.” 

They stood between the Northwestern Mutual Tower and the orange sunburst sculpture in O’Donnell Park. Some cars passing by honked in support.

Pastor Steve Jerbi Reflects On His Time In Milwaukee

Aug 11, 2017
Aisha Turner

Milwaukee has said goodbye to one of its prominent -- and outspoken -- faith leaders. For the last 10 years, Steve Jerbi was senior pastor at All Peoples Church on 2nd and Clarke.

He stood out as a white man leading a predominantly black congregation. He also became known for his passionate pursuit of racial and social justice.

This Sunday -- for the first time in a decade -- the congregation will gather without Jerbi, because he's moving to California to take a position with a church there.

Kevin Winter / Getty Images

The Academy Awards are known for glitz, glamour and stars on parade. And occasionally, the movie or star that should win in their category, does. But this year, the academy is also in the news for what many have said is a distinct lack of diversity, both in the academy itself and in the movies and performances it chose to nominate.

Movie critic Duane Dudek has a thing or two to say about the controversy, but first he shares his Oscar picks:

Best Picture: Spotlight


A recent report named Wisconsin as the worst state for the welfare of black children.

Richard Hoe Lawrence

Reports that Wisconsin has the country's highest rate of incarcerating black men have sparked outrage and concern - including worries over how those statistics might be used to portray the state's black men. But it turns out these concerns are almost as old as the state itself.

The nation honors the civil rights leader Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., with a holiday today.

Vincent Desjardins, Flickr

Some people are upset with Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm for not filing charges in connection with the death of a West Allis teen.


Among the financial challenges facing many of Milwaukee's black men is the disproportionate amount of debt they carry.


A college education is seen as the key to joining the middle class in the country. 


The latest census figures paint a fairly bleak picture for Milwaukee.

YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, one Milwaukee organization consistently works to keep issues of racial justice front and center.

Book Highlights Sherman Park's Push for Diversity

Jul 17, 2013
The History Press

Milwaukee is one of, if not, the most segregated city in the country - according to varying accounts. A report released last month by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation says the city is the most segregated among 15 similar areas.  But the study also notes that Milwaukee is 6th out of those regions for diversity.