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March Luncheon-Lecture Series has theme of
"Confronting the Realities of Segregation."

With Milwaukee having the most segregated metro area in the nation in terms of race and poverty, a compelling luncheon lecture series titled “Confronting the Realities of Segregation” will be presented by the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee on the five Tuesdays in March from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor St. Local and national experts and authors will explore that theme, with time for lively question-and-answer sessions. Seating is limited. Get more details and registration information at or call (414) 276-9050.

A lineup of nine speakers and panelists will range from: Eric Von, former voice of black talk radio in Milwaukee; Brooklyn College Professor Jeanne Theoharis, author of The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks; and MPS School Board Chair Michael Bonds to Black Health Coalition President/CEO Patricia McManus; former Milwaukee NAACP President James Hall, Jr.

Program titles will include: “Segregation and its unique hold on this northern city,” “Struggle for Justice in the Jim Crow North,” “Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice,” “Economics, education, housing,” “Crossing the bridge of emotional healing.”

The series includes a simple vegetarian lunch of Middle Eastern food, served buffet style. The cost is $60 for the entire five-part series or $15 per session.

The Interfaith Conference’s Peace and International Issues Committee organizes these annual luncheon-lectures each March. Founded in 1970, the Interfaith Conference is a non-profit organization through which the regional leaders and adherents of 16 major faiths and denominations dialogue to build relationships, do public interfaith programming to counter hate and foster understanding, and work together on social justice issues to create a better society for everyone.

Programs & Speakers

March 3, 2015 – ‘Segregation and Its Unique Hold on This Northern City;’ Eric Von, former voice of black talk radio in Milwaukee, and web publisher/editor of Brain Brawn & Body; Barbara Miner, former editor of Rethinking Schools; and Patricia McManus, president/CEO of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin

March 10, 2015 – ‘Struggle for Justice in the Jim Crow North,’ Jeanne Theoharis, distinguished professor at Brooklyn College of CUNY, and author of many books including The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

March 17, 2015 – ‘Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice,’ Jody LePage, co-author with Sylvia Bell White about the shooting of her brother, Daniel, by Milwaukee Police

March 24, 2015 – ‘Economics, Education, Housing,’ Prof. Michael Bonds, Chair of the Milwaukee School Board and of the Dept. of Educational Policy and Community Studies at UWM; James Hall, Jr., civil rights attorney and former president of the NAACP of Milwaukee; and Conor Williams, Economic Policy Analyst at Community Advocates Public Policy Institute for Pathways to Ending Poverty Project and secretary of Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Collaborative

March 31, 2015 – 'Crossing the Bridge of Emotional Healing,' Venice Williams, ELCA lay minister, founder/executive director of Alice's Garden, director of Body and Soul Healing Arts Center

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