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Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks and the Struggle for Civil Rights

JANUARY 19 – MARCH 25, 2018

Allied in the Fight explores the partnership between Jewish and African American leaders in confronting systematic racism in the United States. The exhibit addresses Black-Jewish collaboration within the Civil Rights Movement and the complicated nature of Jewish contributions to the Civil Rights movement through artifacts, archival materials and information from a national perspective.

Allied in the Fight is a part of the Milwaukee-wide initiative, “200 Nights of Freedom,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the city’s 1967-68 Open Housing Marches. These marches took place over 200 consecutive days in support of the passing of a fair housing bill and were sponsored and organized by the Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council, its Commando unit, and Alderwoman Vel Phillips along with other supporters.

Free Community Days

Jewish Museum Milwaukee is thrilled to host four free community days for anyone living in Milwaukee County to visit the Allied in the Fight exhibit for FREE! Free Community Days have been made possible through funds from the Brewers Community Foundation.

Sunday, January 28, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Thursday, February 15, 10 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 18, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday, March 4, 12:00 – 4:00 pm


From Swastika to Jim Crow: Film Screening and Talk Back
Thursday, February 1, 7:00 pm
‘From Swastika to Jim Crow’ tells the little-known story of Jewish refugee scholars who escaped Nazi persecution by fleeing to America, and when faced with anti-Semitic sentiment at mainstream American universities, were hired for positions at historically black colleges and universities in the then-segregated South.

The Integration of Baseball and its Aftermath
An Evening with Commissioner Emeritus of Major League Baseball Bud Selig
Wednesday, February 7, 7:00 pm
Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig will explore the integration of baseball from 1945 through the present. He will explain the early challenges and ultimately the benefits that diversity has brought to Major League Baseball.

Redlining, Racism, and Reflection: A Three-Part Series
Part One: Milwaukee Redlining with Reggie Jackson
Tuesday, February 13, 7:00 pm
Learn the history of Redlining in Milwaukee as well as the role and impact of racially restrictive covenants during the 1960s. Reggie Jackson, prominent local historian, educator and head Griot at America’s Black Holocaust Museum, will also discuss the D-5 sector considered a “negro slum” and area for “lesser” Jews.

February ‘Thirdsday’ (Third Thursday)
Thursday, February 15, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Join Jewish Museum Milwaukee for a late night and discover how Vel Phillips achieved an impressive list of “firsts” as part of her legacy, including the first African American judge in Wisconsin and the first woman, and African American, in the nation elected to executive office in state government.

Redlining, Racism, and Reflection: A Three-Part Series
Part Two: Redlining in Context with Ralph Hollmon
Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 pm
Join us for a screening of Wisconsin Public Television’s “City Within A City: When Pretty Soon Runs Out,” a documentary that explores the stories and lives of low-income families impacted by that development, and a contextualizing talk from Ralph Hollmon, activist and former President & CEO of Milwaukee Urban League.

Redlining, Racism, and Reflection: A Three-Part Series
Part Three: Where from here?
Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 pm
Join us to learn more about the current state of segregation in Milwaukee, how that was shaped by the 1968 Open Housing Law, and where we go from here with panelists Marc Levine from UW-Milwaukee’s Center for Economic Development, Margaret Rozga, activist, educator, and wife of late Father Groppi, and Bill Tisdale from Milwaukee’s Fair Housing Council.

Civil Rights History Bus Tour
Sunday, March 11, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Explore Milwaukee’s historic Civil Rights sites, including the James E. Groppi Unity Bridge, the Bronzeville Loop, neighborhoods shared by African American and Jewish communities, and public works of art, including statues of Golda Meir, Martin Luther King, Vel Phillips, and Mahatma Gandhi.

March ‘Thirdsday’ (Third Thursday)
Thursday, March 15, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Join Jewish Museum Milwaukee for a late night and learn the little-known story of Jewish refugee scholars who escaped Nazi persecution by fleeing to America and working for historically black colleges and universities in the then-segregated South.

Part Three: Civil Rights In America (Jewish Community Center Series)
Monday, March 19, 1:00 pm
The final session of this three-part series with Jody Hirsh and Tim Crain, presented by the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, engages the Allied in the Fight exhibit by examining the history of Jewish and African American alliances and tensions in the struggle for civil rights in America.

Allied in the Fight Closing Concert with Lil’ Rev
Sunday, March 25, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Get ready for a dynamic performance by our favorite local musician, educator, and storyteller of American roots music and culture, Lil’ Rev! He will be performing a one hour set of original and cover songs featuring the theme of social justice including songs from his “Jews n’ the Blues” set and more!

Freedom Seder at All Saints Catholic Church
Sunday, April 29, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Explore common ground and the universal pursuit of freedom at a ritual meal that has become a bridging tradition in cities across the nation. Freedom Seders bring together African Americans and Jews to eat, discuss, and celebrate the shared values of justice and liberation both cultures find in the Exodus story.

The core exhibition was originally presented by the New York-based Center for Jewish History, featuring materials from the collections of the American Jewish Historical Society, The Leo Baeck Institute and Yeshiva University Museum. Artifacts and other materials from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Black Historical Society, and the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Crossing the Line display.

Sponsors: Brico Fund; Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy; Brewers Community Foundation; Sue and Bud Selig; Suzy B. Ettinger Foundation; a Community Sponsor; Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (and) the State of Wisconsin. Program Sponsors: Visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin Public Radio and Jason Steigman and Dori Frankel Steigman, Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center. Special thanks to Buzz Monkeys for in-kind donations.

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Thank you to the hardworking Committee:
Reuben Harpole, Honorary Chair Vel Philips, Honorary Chair
Ralph Hollmon, Co-chair Fran Kaplan, Co-chair
Rodney Bourrage Idy Goodman
Reggie Jackson Lois Malawsky
Harriet McKinney Tim McMurtry