Madison in the Sixties – 1967 – Civil Rights 1967 is the worst year yet for race relations in Madison. The summer sizzles with what the Equal Opportunities Commission calls “tension- filled incidents with racial overtones.” More than a dozen racial conflicts all over town, including “numerous hostile confrontations” resulting in fights between white and […]
Madison in the Sixties. 1962 – Civil Rights. In January, Attorney Lloyd Barbee, president of the state NAACP, releases the draft of a tough human rights ordinance banning bias on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, or national origin. The ordinance would cover housing, employment, and public accommodations, with a maximum fine of […]
Madison in the Sixties – Civil Rights, 1966 May 14—The Newspaper Guild of Madison names Reverend James C. Wright, chair of the city Equal Opportunity Commission and assistant minister at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, its Citizen of the Year.[i] Exactly two weeks later, the Madison Board of Realtors, which campaigned against the city’s fair housing […]
The Madison BookBeat interview with Daphne E. Barbee-Wooten, editor of “Justice For All: Selected Writings of Lloyd A. Barbee,” (Wisconsin Historical Society Press 2019) the late civil rights leader, attorney and Wisconsin State Representative who fought a successful 12-year legal battle to desegregate the Milwaukee Public Schools.
It was in 1966 that the city council declared it would stop granting liquor licenses “at some future date” to private clubs that practice racial discrimination in their membership. That date isn’t here yet for the Elks and the Eagles, but it may have arrived for the Loyal Order of Moose – all of whom […]