Following the success of the first Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in Washington Park, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity is taking the program to two more neighborhoods.
Earl Bracy, a psychologist who participated in the open housing marches as a young man, says today’s young people are not as invested in social change as his generation.
Claudette Harris, a former NAACP Youth Council member, participated in the 1960s open housing marches with family and friends seeking social justice.
The Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council provided leadership opportunities for young African-American women that were absent in other aspects of their lives.
Prentice McKinney, who grew up on the streets of Chicago and Milwaukee, was drawn to the NAACP Youth Council in the 1960s because of his anger about housing discrimination.
Open housing was a personal issue for Lyneria McGhee and her family, who struggled to find a place large enough for eight people to live and encountered white landlords who refused to rent to them.
African-Americans living in segregated neighborhoods lack access to jobs and are more likely to live in poverty.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Welford Sanders Lofts touted the job opportunities the $21 million development has provided but officials and residents said more needs to be done for the unemployed.
Shirley (Berry) Butler-Derge, a member of Milwaukee’s NAACP Youth Council in the 1960s, remembers the Rev. James E. Groppi as an inspirational teacher who broke down racial barriers.
Twenty people of color recently graduated from the Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) program, which connects real estate development to race and equity issues.