Project Milwaukee: Black & White

Race Relations in Milwaukee

Milwaukee has long held the reputation, deservingly or not, of being one of the most segregated cities in the United States. Race relations in our community continue to impact education, economic development and our neighborhoods.

In June of 2009, WUWM News and Lake Effect journalists examined the history and evolution of black-white relations in Milwaukee. Project Milwaukee: Black & White explored how race relations have improved, and where there is still room for growth.

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Regional
4:20 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

New Ranking: Milwaukee Still Country's Most Segregated Metro Area

A Racial Dot Map shows clear a delineation between racial groups in the Milwaukee area.
Credit Dustin A. Cable, University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, Reference Data by Stamen Design

A new ranking reaffirms Milwaukee's place as the overall most segregated metropolitan area in the United States.

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Politics & Government
1:03 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Black Community Leaders: Zimmerman Verdict Unsurprising

Two members of Milwaukee's black community say they aren't surprised by the Zimmerman verdict.
Credit Sal Falko/Flickr

Two members of Milwaukee's African-American community say the George Zimmerman verdict has a stark takeaway for black male teens.

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Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Book Describes Family's Loss Shrouded in Discrimination

Sylvia Bell White with her son, Douglas Lamont Bell, at the opening of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's play on her brother, Daniel Bell.
Credit jsonline.org

A Madison writer helps a remarkable Milwaukee woman tell her story of a lifetime’s search for justice.

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Project Milwaukee
5:56 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Project Milwaukee Community Forum: Panel Discussion

Panelists: Marc Levine, Tim Sheehy, Enrique Figueroa, Howard Fuller and Paula Penebaker.

WUWM's Project Milwaukee: Black and White forum took place on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory - The Domes.

The panel of experts addressed race relations and the impact of segregation in Milwaukee from a variety of perspectives: education, business, social services, and unemployment.

Afterwards, roundtable conversations focused on exploring ways to improve and build a more integrated community.

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Project Milwaukee
5:24 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Project Milwaukee Community Forum: Panel Conclusions

The third section of our "Project Milwaukee: Black & White" forum on race relations, returned to the panel to hear their reactions to the audience’s comments, and concluded with suggestions for specific actions to move Milwaukee toward greater racial harmony and cooperation. Mitch Teich moderated the panel discussion.

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Project Milwaukee
5:21 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Project Milwaukee Community Forum: Table Discussions

Audience members brainstorm about race relations in Milwaukee.

In the second part of our "Project Milwaukee: Black & White" forum on race relations, we heard from the audience members present at the Mitchell Park Domes. WUWM’s Morning Edition host Bob Bach moderated the discussion.

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Project Milwaukee
5:16 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Roundtable Discussions

Audience members brainstorm about race relations in Milwaukee.

Today, we conclude our series about race relations. Projects Milwaukee culminated in a forum on the topic Wednesday evening at the Mitchell Park Domes. As part of the discussion, audience members brainstormed at their tables about barriers to racial harmony and who's responsible for change. Here are some conclusions reached, conveyed by Yvette Mitchell, Paul Schneider, Steven Hunter, Gina Green Harris, Kori Schneider, Omar Barbarana and Mary DeNoble.

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Project Milwaukee
5:13 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Panel Discussion on Race Relations

Panel members discuss the state of race relations in Milwaukee.

Our series about race relations concludes today on WUWM. Project Milwaukee: Black and White culminated in a panel discussion earlier this week at the Mitchell Park Domes. Here's a snapshot of the comments our panel members offered. Our panelists were: Mark Levine of UW-Milwaukee, Tim Sheehy, head of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Enrique Figueroa, Director of the Roberto Hernandez Center at UWM, Howard Fuller of Marquette University and Paula Penebaker, President and CEO of the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee.

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Project Milwaukee
5:09 pm
Fri June 19, 2009

Police/Community Relations

When William Gore arrived in Milwaukee in the late 50s, he says the MPD had strengths but was living in the past.

This segment of Project Milwaukee: Black and White focuses on what has been a flash point at times: the relationship between the police department and the community. While many officers have devoted their careers and even sacrificed their lives to keep residents safe and uphold the law, there have been instances of police abusing citizens, particularly African Americans. Beginning in the 1960s, activists increasingly brought such cases to light, demanding justice and change. WUWM’s Marge Pitrof reports.

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Project Milwaukee
5:03 pm
Thu June 18, 2009

Quantifying Milwaukee's Segregation

Marc Levine is a professor of history and Director of the Center for Economic Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He tells Mitch Teich that it is possible to quantify segregation. You can hear more from Marc Levine as part of the WUWM's forum on race relations, which will be broadcast on Lake Effect tomorrow.

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