“I’m going to protest and protest until you stop, and you acknowledge me as a human being” – Prentice McKinney
“Marching On: 50 Years Since the Milwaukee Housing Marches” is a multimedia project of a senior journalism capstone class in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
The project looks back on the 200 days of marches – from August 1967 to April 1968 – across the 16th Street viaduct by residents demanding an open housing ordinance in Milwaukee. Led by the Rev. James Groppi and the NAACP Youth Council, protesters marched into the mostly white South Side, demanding change and against torrid opposition from fearful white residents.
Seven journalism students spent the spring 2017 semester researching what happened in the past, interviewing witnesses and those who came after them, and analyzing data in an effort to determine what progress has been made 50 years later. Census data have been drawn from NGHIS, ICPSR and the Bureau of the Census, and the final variables were created and harmonized by the staff of the American Communities Project at Brown University.