Author Appearance

Muriel Simms discusses Settlin': Stories of Madison's Early African American Families

Saturday, March 23, 2019

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Muriel Simms at the Goodman South Madison Library for a discussion of Settlin': Stories of Madison's Early African American Families

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Author Muriel Simms will share some of the stories she collected for the book from the descendants of twenty-five early African American families who settled--survived and thrived--in Madison, Wisconsin in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Seeing a pressing need to preserve these little-documented experiences, the lifelong Madison resident collected stories from the families who came to Madison more than 100 years ago and formed vibrant and cohesive communities of churches, businesses, and social clubs, and who frequently came together in the face of adversity and conflict.

The event is part of the Urban League's 50th Anniversary celebration. Light refreshments will be served. A book signing will follow.

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photo by L. Malik Anderson


Muriel Simms is a longtime educator in the Madison Metropolitan School District. She received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2002 and serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Edgewood College. She has received several awards for her professional duties and community service, including the Martin L. King Jr. Appreciation Award, NAACP’s Unsung Heroine Award, 2012 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award from the Urban League of Greater Madison, and a “Muriel Simms Day” proclamation from the city of Madison. 


Goodman South Madison Library
2222 S Park St.
Madison, WI 53713