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Franklin Public Library Franklin, WI
9151 W Loomis Rd, Franklin, Wisconsin 53132
Join legendary civil rights activist Margaret Rozga for a presentation and conversation about fair housing issues in the past and present.
Why was fair housing a dominant issue in Milwaukee and other northern cities in the mid-1960s? Why is it important today? What is the role of the arts in bringing this history forward? The focus of this presentation will be on what caused housing to become a key issue in the mid-1960s, how and why Rozga chose to write in various forms about this material, and the impact and relevant this history has for today.
Registration is not necessary for this program, nor is Franklin residency. It is free and open to the public.
Margaret Rozga Biography:
University of Wisconsin — Waukesha Professor of English Emerita Dr. Margaret Rozga creates poetry from her ongoing concern for social justice issues. She participated in the 1967-68 struggle for local and national open housing legislation. Her book Two Hundred Nights and One Day, tells the story of this Milwaukee fair housing struggle. This book was awarded a bronze medal in poetry in the 2009 Independent Publishers Book Awards and named an outstanding achievement in poetry for 2009 by the Wisconsin Library Association.
Rozga is also the author of Though I Haven’t Been to Baghdad, Justice Freedom Herbs, and the newly published Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems.
She continues her work for social justice, helping to organize events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the open housing marches, writing a monthly op-ed for Milwaukee Neighborhood New and serving as a poetry and civil rights consultant to organizations dedicated to empowering young writers and artists.
Dr. Rozga was managing editor of the 2013 limited edition chapbook anthology, Turn Up the Volume: Poems about the States of Wisconsin and co-editor of another poetry chapbook fund-raising project, Cries for Justice: Poems for Dontre Hamilton. Currently she serves as editor for a forthcoming poetry chapbook anthology, Where We Want to Live: Poems for Fair and Affordable Housing.