A Tour of Milwaukee Civil Rights Sites 50 Years Later

The Jewish Museum Milwaukee explores the intersection of art and social justice.

In 1967, the fight for civil rights tore through the city. This year, Milwaukee commemorates the 50th anniversary of 200 consecutive nights (continuing into 1968) of marching for fair housing.

On Mar. 11, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee is inviting you to board a bus bound for historic Milwaukee civil rights sites in predominantly African American and Jewish communities, such as Sherman Park. Dominic Inouye, the founder of ZIP MKE, will share stories about local landmarks, including statues of Golda Meir, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. The tour will come full circle when the bus crosses the James E. Groppi Unity Bridge on 16th Street – protesters originally gathered on the bridge to march to Kosciuszko Park on the mostly white South Side.

From bailing protesters out of jail and providing food for the NAACP Youth Council in the 1960s to the bus tour today, Jewish activists in Milwaukee have long supported the fight for equality. “The Jewish Museum is continuing this legacy of being an ally in the fight for social justice,” Inouye says.

Register for the civil rights bus tour ($10 for members, $15 for nonmembers).

‘All Aboard’ appears in the March 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Find it on newsstands beginning February 26, or buy a copy at milwaukeemag.com/shop.