Discussion Aims Take On The Challenge of Segregation in Milwaukee

Oct 2, 2014

A Racial Dot Map shows clear a delineation between racial groups in the Milwaukee area.
Credit Dustin A. Cable, University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, Reference Data by Stamen Design

For all the good that Milwaukee has going for it, the city continues to deal with the reality that it is the most segregated city in the country.

It’s an issue that touches many others, from education to employment to crime and law enforcement.  It’s also one for which solutions have been elusive.

The Zeidler Center for Public Discussion is looking to take a different approach. This Sunday afternoon the organization holds the second part in a three–tiered effort to address the issue of segregation – a citywide dialogue on the subject.

The Zeidler Center’s executive director, Katherine Wilson spoke with Mitch Teich about the goals and challenges these discussions address.

"We wanted to, as a center and as the Greater Together coalition, create a safe place for people to come together to talk about these challenging things," says Wilson.

The Zeidler Center’s city-wide dialogue on segregation in Milwaukee starts at 12:30 Sunday afternoon at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 19th and Wisconsin.