NAACP Youth Council demonstration at the Eagles Club, Milwaukee, September 1966.
We’re trying a new approach with this week’s theme—highlighting events from a single year in history. The year of the week is 1966, a turbulent year of grassroots political actions in Wisconsin and across the nation.
For several months in 1966, the Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council, along with advisor Father James Groppi, picketed the Fraternal Order of Eagles, an exclusively white social club. Eagles Club membership included many prominent Milwaukee judges and other city officials. The news media largely ignored the protesters until the NAACP Youth Council moved from picketing the Eagles Club itself to picketing the homes of individual judges. The Eagles Club demonstrations were part of a decade-long struggle for civil rights in Milwaukee in which community members waged protests, boycotts, and legislative battles against segregation and discrimination in housing and schools. Photo by Robert Miller for the Milwaukee Journal, September 28, 1966.
via: Historic Photo Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
learn more: March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project, UW-Milwaukee Libraries