SOURCE: Journal Sentinel
University of Wisconsin, Madison to reckon with Ku Klux Klan history, but won't remove KKK member names from buildings
A Klan group formed as an interfraternity society in 1919 included student body leaders Porter Butts and Fredric March, whose names are prominently displayed in the Memorial Union.
by Jim Sleeper
SOURCE: Jasmine Alinder for TeachingHistory.org
Jasmine Alinder is Associate Professor of History, Coordinator of Public History, and Director of Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI, has an important civil rights history that not many people know about. In the 1960s, battles raged here over open housing and school desegregation, and teens led much of the movement. Decades later, we still suffer from racial and economic segregation, but how many of our students can explain why? And what would it mean to them to find out that in 1960s Milwaukee, youth protested such inequality?
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