Milwaukee is the largest city in the State of Wisconsin. Milwaukee is a city with diversity. African American makes up the majority of  the Milwaukee's population after Non-Hispanic White. In 1910, there were only around 980 African-American in Milwaukee due to limited number of job opportunities. There was a high growth in the population of African-American after World War 2 as they immigrated to Milwaukee due to increase in manufacturing employment opportunities and high wages. After World War 2, the African-American population show a dramatic increase, from 13,000 in 1945 to 21,772 in 1950, rising further to 62,459 in 1960 and 105,088 in 1970. However, racial discrimination and segregation was really high in the city of Milwaukee making most of them lived in the “Inner Core”, a community which had poverty, limited job opportunities and segregation making the area a place of volatility. Although there was an African American civil right demonstration and boycotts for equality nation-wide during late 1950s and 1960s, the civil rights movement was slow to get started  in Milwaukee worsening the condition of majority of the African American population living in Milwaukee.

On August 28, 1963, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORED) started the first movement to unify Milwaukee’s public school, which came up against incessant resistance by school officials. However, in May, 1964, they organized a boycott of African American schools that had participation of more than 50 percent of African American students. The Milwaukee Public Schools continued to have racial discrimination against African American. There were few lawsuit filed against the Milwaukee Public Schools who practiced and allowed discrimination. However, the lawsuit were never taken into account until 1976 when the Milwaukee school were entitled to implement illegal segregation. The school board started to implement five-year desegregation plan from 1979.

 Many members of the minority groups, regardless their income or social economic status, had the least opportunity of all citizens in Milwaukee to acquire good homes.In the picture, people wear the T-shirt with NAACP Younth Council logal. NAACP Younth Council is an organization that fight for equal education and economic opportunities, fair civil rights, and protection from lynchings for African Americans. The NAACP Youth Council was initiated in 1935 by executive secretary Walter White and was an influential orgnization since then.

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