Sep 15, 2010
In the late 1950s and 1960s, the civil rights movement spread northward to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of the most segregated cities in the nation. Efforts at desegregation focused on housing and schools and included marches, boycotts, and legislative reform. For a time, Milwaukee held the national spotlight as "the Selma of the North."
The March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project <http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/digilib/march/> supports understanding of the struggle for racial equality by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from the collections of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries and the Wisconsin Historical Society.
The digital collection includes the selected papers of individuals representing a variety of positions on the civil rights issue, photographs, unedited footage from the WTMJ-TV news film archives, and oral history interviews capturing the recollections and perspectives of individuals who participated in the movement. It also includes contextual materials, such as biographies of significant people, histories of organizations, timelines, and maps highlighting important locations. Bibliographies suggest directions for future research.