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MARCH ON MILWAUKEE: MORE THAN ONE STRUGGLE
ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION

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Series 1

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1 Arms, Mary Chiles.  A former member of the NAACP Youth Council, Arms describes her personal experiences protesting the Eagles Club in 1966, and her participation in the open housing marches along the 16th Street Viaduct in 1967-1968.
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Austin, Squire.   A Milwaukee native, Austin describes joining the NAACP Youth Council's 'Commandos' in 1966-1967.  Austin recounts his participation in the marches along the 16th Street Viaduct and the civil disturbances in Milwaukee's central city.  He provides commentary on Milwaukee mayor Henry W. Maier and police chief Harold Brier.
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Cornfield, Hubert.   Born and raised in the suburb of Wauwatosa, Cornfield describes the civil disturbances in Milwaukee's central city in 1967, commenting on both mayor Henry Maier and Harold Brier.   From the vantage of 2008, Cornfield also reflects on the economic, social, and historical legacy of the riots. 
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Dansby, Gwen.  Dansby describes attending a de facto segregated elementary school in Milwaukee during the mid 1960s, and her participation in a Freedom Day boycott of Milwaukee Public Schools.  She briefly describes visiting a grandmother in Mississippi during these years.  
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Fuller, Dr. Howard.  Fuller recounts coming of age in Milwaukee during the 1950s. Fuller describes attending North Division High School (NDHS) and his decision to attend Carroll College in Waukesha.  He describes his passion for basketball during this time, including his NDHS team making it to the finals of the WIAA state championship.  Fuller concludes by describing the importance of several mentors, including Wesley Scott of the Milwaukee Urban League.  He summarizes the gradual expansion of his political consciousness, which emerged when Fuller was attending graduate school at Case Western University in the early 1960s.   
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Green, Richard.   Green describes his leadership of the Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council's 'Commandos' during the mid 1960s.  He reviews the group's activities at the Eagles Club in 1966, and during numerous marches along the 16th Street Viaduct in 1967-1968.  Green comments on the roles of both Father James Groppi and alder Vel Phillips. He reflects on the civil disturbances in Milwaukee's central city during the summer of 1967.  
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Nicholson, Robert.  Raised on Milwaukee's near north side, Nicholson describes participating in several civil rights protests during the mid 1960s.  Interviewed in 2008, Nicholson concludes by commenting on the plight of many African American residents in Milwaukee in the early 2000s, in addition to the major challenges facing Milwaukee's public schools. 
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Phillips, Vel.   More of a reminiscence than an interview, Phillips recounts growing up on Milwaukee's north side during the 1940s and early 1950s, including her years at North Division High School and her decision to attend Howard University.   She describes her decision to enter Milwaukee city politics, her long campaign for passage of fair housing legislation, and her working relationship with both Father James Groppi and Milwaukee mayor Henry W. Maier.
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Wynn, Lauri.   A career teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools, Wynn describes her early involvement in the Milwaukee United School Integration Committee's (MUSIC) efforts to end de facto school segregation in Milwaukee.  She recounts the leadership of attorney Lloyd A. Barbee.  Wynn was active in the Wisconsin Education Association Council and served as president of the teachers' union between 1973-1976, when the class action desegregation suit ("Amos vs. Board of School Directors of the City of Milwaukee") went to federal court.  Wynn describes the activities of the teachers' union during the lengthy law suit.
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