Crossing the Line is a program series sponsored by the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and Saint John’s On The Lake in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 200 consecutive days of demonstrations for fair housing legislation in Milwaukee.
Below is the schedule of events, which are open to the public at no charge.
Sept. 20, 3 p.m., at Saint John’s:
William R. Tisdale, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, will talk on “What housing discrimination looks like today.”
Appetizers and ice tea will be served in the Saint John’s On The Lake gallery where people can view the Wisconsin Historical Society’s photo exhibit on fair housing demonstrations in 1967-1968.
Sept. 24, 3 p.m., at Saint John’s:
Michael Gosman, president of ACTS, will talk on “How home ownership can combat segregation.”
Sept. 25, 3 p.m., at Saint John’s:
Marc Levine, UWM emeritus professor of history, economic development and urban studies, will talk about his research on housing segregation affecting middle and upper middle income African-American families. Talk title: “Segregation, Race and Poverty in Milwaukee: Are Things improving?
Sept. 26, 7 p.m., panel discussion at the Milwaukee Center for Independence:
Panel topic: “Economic development without displacement: Easier said than done?” Panelists are:
Donsia Strong Hill, executive director of LISC
Keith Stanley, executive director of Near West Side Partners
Joaquin J. Altoro, Vice President Commercial Banking, Town Bank
Kalan Haywood, President, Haywood Group, LLC.
Sharon McGowan, editor of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, will moderate the discussion. Registration is required for this event.
The Wisconsin Historical Society exhibit, “Crossing the Line: The Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968,” will be displayed at Saint John’s from Sept. 19 to Oct. 9.
“The Long March to Freedom,” an illustrated booklet of articles produced by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service will be available at each of the programs. The articles first appeared at www.milwaukeenns.org.
– Saint John’s On The Lake, 1800 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee
– Milwaukee Center for Independence, 2020 W. Wells St., Milwaukee. Enter parking lot from
Kilbourn Ave. between 20th and 21st Street. Enter the building from the parking lot.