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City hall to honor Milwaukee Black history makers during February

Vel Philips - Black history Month Milwaukee

To celebrate Black History Month, the city of Milwaukee will host a series of vignettes on their websiteand the City Channel. These vignettes will honor notable individuals who played a role in Milwaukee's black history.

“Many proud pioneers of the cause have called Milwaukee their home, and this year’s Black History Month is an excellent opportunity for our community to honor their accomplishments.”

Each day this month, the city of Milwaukee's website will feature stories, photos on Milwaukeeans who made an impact on the civil rights movement.  These vignettes will also air on the City Channel.

The first individual featured is Vel Philips, who was the first woman and first African-American elected to the Common Council; the first African-American judge in Wisconsin and first to win statewide office as Secretary of State; main sponsor of the City's open housing ordinance; active in civil rights marches.

There will a be a special reception at City Hall on Feb. 24 at 2:00pm, where young members of the community will make historical presentations. Plus, Common Council members will honor Milwaukeeans who are making a difference in the civil rights today.

Director of Digital | Radio Milwaukee