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50th Anniversary of the March on Milwaukee

Friday, September 1, 2017  
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Historical background:

Beginning on August 28, 1967, the Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council/Commandos, Father James Groppi, Alderperson Vel Phillips and a host of activists and community members marched for over 200 consecutive nights to demand an end to housing segregation. The marches signified Milwaukee’s contribution to the Black Freedom Movement in America and helped inspire federal fair housing legislation. This moment was indeed the pinnacle of civil rights activism in Milwaukee.

As you know, “poor housing conditions are associated with a wide range of health conditions, including respiratory infections, asthma, lead poisoning, injuries, and mental health. Addressing housing issues offers public health practitioners an opportunity to address an important social determinant of health. Public health has long been involved in housing issues.”

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1447157/)

 For more, visit our website at 200nightsoffreedom.org, find them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/marchonmilwaukee50/), or e-mail March on Milwaukee 50th at info@200nightsoffreedom.org


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