Crossing the Line: The Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968 | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Crossing the Line: The Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968

A Traveling Display

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EnlargeA man holds a sign that reads, "We Demand Fair Housing Now," while others behind him use a bullhorn.

Protesters for Fair Housing

Milwaukee, Wisconsin. View the original source document: WHI 97930

How do citizens work for change when faced with injustice? How can individuals make a difference?

The traveling display "Crossing the Line: The Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968" commemorates the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee's civil rights marches by examining the practices and prejudices that led to segregation in Milwaukee and chronicling the school desegregation and fair housing movements of the 1960s. It also asks the question, "What can you do to end segregation today?".

The Wisconsin Historical Society provides "Crossing the Line" for free to schools, public libraries, historical societies and community organizations in communities all around the state. To request "Crossing the Line" for your organization, please contact Kristen Leffelman at kristen.leffelman@wisconsinhistory.org or 414-988-8655 or Tanika Apaloo at tanika.apaloo@wisconsinhistory.org or 608-264-6500.

EnlargeFair Housing March

School Desegregation Picketers

Milwaukee, Wisconsin. View the original source document: WHI 4993

The Wisconsin Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the Milwaukee County Historical Society, Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and March on Milwaukee 50th Anniversary Coordinating Committee for their help developing content for this exhibit.

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EnlargeFather James Groppi and NAACP Youth Council members march for fair housing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Fair Housing March

Milwaukee, Wisconsin. View the original source document: WHI 25167

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Tools for Teaching the History of Civil Rights in Milwaukee and the Nation

March on Milwaukee: Civil Rights History Project

EnlargeWHI 48149

Father Groppi and Vel Phillips on Hood of Bus

Milwaukee, Wisconsin. View the original source document: WHI 48149

 

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