In 1967/68, a group of young Black Milwaukeeans helped lead 200 consecutive marches for Open Housing, and ultimately, the freedom of all people. On the streets of Milwaukee, the NAACP Youth Council and Commandos faced brutal adversity and authored a remarkable story that tragically few Milwaukeeans know 50 years later.
Equally tragic — many of the marchers have never received a proper «thank you» for their heroism and fearlessness. This event is an opportunity to begin reversing that unfortunate state of affairs.
Join us anytime on 5/16 from 5-8pm at Escuela Verde for this free event where we will be making signs, writing letters and spreading social media messages to honor the heroes of the open Housing Marc...hes. Both youth and adult artists will be present to help you make create a design you'll be proud of.
All are welcome! We'll have the supplies — you just need to bring yourself.
This event is also connected to the finale of March On Milwaukee 50th on Sat 5/19 — more info here: bit.ly/MOM50thFinale
The finale will be a perfect place to bring your sign and invite your network to attend.
In addition, before the community celebration begins at 1pm, marchers and youth activists are going on a historic bus tour tracing the route of the Open Housing Marches. Members of the public are encouraged to meet the buses at key historic locations — a perfect opportunity to show them your sign.
In particular, these are the two we're encouraging community members to attend:
12:00pm: James E. Groppi Memorial Bridge (16th Street Viaduct)
12:25pm: Kosciusko Park (near statue of Kosciusko)