Civil Rights


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Black History Month presents an opportunity for the LGBTQ community to recognize black personalities, gay and straight, who have contributed to the fight for our civil rights. Read more


Richard G. Carter gives an eulogy for local civil rights activist John H. Givens. Read more

Milwaukee History

Local filmmakers explore the life and legacy of Milwaukee's civil rights activist. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Andrea-Teresa Arenas and Eloisa Gómez will speak about their new book, Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists, at the Milwaukee Public Library-Mitchell Street Branch on June 5. Read more


Milwaukee’s verteran African-American columnist and commentator, Richard Carter, recalls his encounters with the late civil rights activist Vel Phillips. Read more

News Features

Phillips fought tirelessly for fair housing in Milwaukee, introducing her ordinance to the city council every 90 days for seven years. Read more


U.S. history is examined from many provocative angles, including racism and war, in new books from America’s academic presses Read more


Veteran Milwaukee journalist Joanne Williams talks about the early days of local morning news and her first foray into documentary filmmaking. Read more

Off the Cuff

The energy around Milwaukee’s Black Lives Matter is abundant, organizers say. The resources to capitalize on that energy, less so. Read more

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The ACLU found solitary confinement, defined as torture by the United Nations, was routinely used on up to 20% of the juvenile inmates at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake, often lasting for months. Read more

Taking Liberties 3 Comments

A little known fact is that Milwaukee and Atlanta, Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace, are the only two cities that havecelebrated his birthday annually since 1984. On Sunday, Jan. 15, Milwaukeewill celebrate Dr. King’s legacy at Uihle.. Read more

Happening Now

North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South ,the new book from Mark Speltz and Getty Publications, is perhaps the mostpowerful history book with local ties of the season. With over 100 photographs(many never-before published).. Read more

Milwaukee History

Even before Sylville Smith was fatally shot by a Milwaukee police officer on Aug. 13 and unrest erupted in the Sherman Park neighborhood, a community coalition was forming to address police-community relations in the city. Read more

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As an idealistic, progressive voter, I’ve voted for plenty of losing candidates over the years. But there’s never been a U.S. election before where I’ve considered the results clearly un-American until now. Read more

Taking Liberties 29 Comments

“The huge underreporting of hate crimes makes us keenly aware that many victims find no confidence in the legal system to provide them justice when they have been victimized,” said Reggie Jackson of America’s Black Holocaust Museum. Read more

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Some time ago, playwright Mark St. Germaine adapted Osha Gray Davidson’s bestselling Best of Enemies for the stage. It tells the story of a friendship struck between a member of the KKK and an African-American civili rights activist in Dur.. Read more


Democratic anger and Republican anger are as different as day and night. Read more

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The lawsuit brought by UW-Milwaukee student leaders is now a federal case. Read more

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No one can be surprised by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s decision not to charge a fired MPD officer Christopher Manney for shooting Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man, since it’s the same decision that’s been rep... Read more

Taking Liberties 12 Comments

Two words stand out in the media coverage of a three-judge ruling requiring Wisconsin voters to provide a photo ID for the Nov. 4 election: “chaos” and “scramble.” Chaos describes the order to Read more

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