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fair housing marches events

Join community members, local organizations, and Marquette University faculty, staff and students in a series of events hosted throughout the year-long recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches. The various events take a critical look at the intersections of health, equity, and housing, from a broad range of perspectives. All events are free and open to the public.   

For more information about the citywide recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Marches, please visit 





Wednesday April 18, 2018
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Marquette University Raynor Memorial Library
Beaumier Suites B & C

 “A Fire in the Bones.” Raboteau, who attended Marquette in the late 1960s, will talk about his personal journey studying and writing about African American history. Raboteau is Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion Emeritus at Princeton University, where he spent most of his career. He is the author of a number of books, including Slave Religion: The “Invisible Institution” in the Antebellum South (1978), Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans (2001), and A Sorrowful Joy: A Spiritual Journey of an African American Man in Late Twentieth Century America (2002). He has received honorary doctorates from four universities and held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Sponsored by the Marquette University History Department
For more information, contact Dr. James Marten, Professor/Chair, History Department.



Thursday, April 19, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Marquette University Haggerty Museum of Art

MU Protests: Fifty Years Later. This panel discussion, moderated by Albert Raboteau and fellow Marquette alum Art Heitzer, Greg Stanford, and at least one other person, will reflect on the ways in which Marquette students engaged the protests of the late 1960s. It will also mark the official launch of the Protest@MU: Dissent on the Marquette Campus website.

Sponsored by the Marquette University History Department.

For more information, contact Dr. James Marten, Professor/Chair, History Department.


February 2 – May 20, 2018

On view at the Haggerty Museum of Art

This exhibition of over forty photographs from the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art presents images of resistance, protest, and resilience from select twentieth-century movements and events that triggered important social and political changes. More information online.





Marquette will host Dr. Clayborne Carson, the foremost historian of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Carson’s lecture will focus on Dr. King's life and its impact on today's communities. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear from a scholar and activist closely associated with Dr. King's life and legacy—plan to attend.

Sponsored by Marquette's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Raynor Memorial Libraries, the Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach and the Center for Peacemaking


March on Milwaukee and Marquette University present “The Hidden Impact of Segregation,” featuring Reggie Jackson, head griot of the American Black Holocaust Museum, with guest panelists Dr. Robert Smith, Marquette University, Prentice McKinney, NAACP youth commando for the Milwaukee Marches in 1967, Dr. Monique Liston, adjunct faculty at Marquette University and founder, UBUNTU Research and Evaluation, Linetta Davis, current Dean of Students at Milwaukee College Prep-North Campus, and moderated by Sheena Carey, Marquette University. Sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry and the Office of Community Engagement.



March 6, 2018

Anatomy of a Fair Housing Case: panel discussion with top administrators at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council. Panelists will provide an overview of the history and work of the MMFHC and take the audience through a typical case.



March 9, 2018

The history of the Civil Rights Movement cannot be defined by a single narrative. It is the collective story of people confronting change within their communities of Fait, Educational Institutions and Neighborhoods. The March on Milwaukee 50th Oral history Committee invites you to record your story at our Listening Post on Friday March 9, at the Raynor Memorial Libraries on the campus of Marquette University. Come and share how the 1967 open housing marches impacted your life. Recap of event can be found here.


About the Forum

For academic year 2017-18, Marquette University will engage in a year-long series of events focusing on health equity. Building on last year’s theme “Freedom Dreams Now,” this year will explore health disparities, the social determinants of health, and opportunities for achieving greater equity locally and globally. Engaging students, faculty, staff, and the communities making up greater Milwaukee, Forum events will focus on several dimensions of health equity:

  • Children’s health/social determinants of health
  • Mental health: enduring stigmas and challenges
  • Global health: developing Marquette networks
  • Incarceration and health
  • Milwaukee: accessing healthcare

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This site will be updated throughout the academic year as we add events to our schedule.