Born in 1951, Matt Mixon and spent his formative years living in Central Milwaukee. As a teen, his family moved to the Northside. Change is hard especially when it comes without warning. But what happens when the demand for change is ignored for too long. During the Long Hot Summer of 1967 African American people across the country grew tired of waiting for fair housing, employment, and the end to abusive police tactics.
Racial tensions were high and the city was on the brink of something big. In this edition of Radio Chipstone, contributor gianofer fields bring us the story of a young man and how he experienced the Milwaukee Riot of 1967.
About the Host:
gianofer (JON nah fer) fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is hosted by the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the Chipstone Foundation; a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.
About the Guest:
Matthew Mixon is a veteran writer, editor, and television producer from Milwaukee and president of the Mixon Media Group, LLC.
Image: Milwaukee riots as seen from 2nd and Center. Photograph by Steven Groer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
This segment comes from the Radio Chipstone Archives on WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio. See here.