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.
For 200 consecutive days from August 1967 to March 1968, local civil rights activists protested racial discrimination in housing in marches across the city. The March on Milwaukee contributed to the national fight for civil rights for African-Americans and to passage of the federal Fair Housing Act in 1968.
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors’ Turnkey Home Renovation program recently put its first-ever new construction home on the market. Like previous homes in the program, it includes energy-saving features that will help keep it affordable for the new owner.
Revitalize Milwaukee rallied more than 450 volunteers and 20 partners to improve 30 Clarke Square neighborhood homes on South 17th Street between West Mineral and West Scott streets.
Despite several setbacks, financing has been completed on the $21 million Welford Sanders Historic Lofts, a renovated building that will house residents and nonprofits and serve as a memorial to the man who led development efforts in Harambee for decades.