In advance of a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision that led to the desegregation of Americaâ€™s schools, Milwaukeeâ€™s School & Communities United â€“ a coalition of community, teacher, student, labor, civic and religious organizations â€“ has issued a report on education in Milwaukee.
The 30-page report â€“ "Fulfill the Promise: The Schools and Communities Our Children Deserve" â€“ is a manifesto that declares, "On this, the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, we honor the promise of equal opportunity. We commit ourselves to a revitalized civil rights movement, recognizing the inherent links between strong public schools, healthy communities and a multiracial democracy."
The report was released three days before an eponymous event, slated for Saturday, May 17, that includes a 10 a.m. unity parade that begins at Martin Luther King Park on 14th and Vliet Streets, a keynote speaker at 11 a.m. at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, on 23rd and Highland, and a 12:30 p.m. working lunch and organizing session that aims to pull together a group of community members and leaders, elected officials, parents and educators in order to craft a call to action.
The keynote speaker, Donna Brazile, is vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and a contributor and commentator on CNN's "The Situation Room" and "American Morning."
Among the 19 organizations that make up Schools and Communities United are the ACLU Wisconsin, NAACP-Milwaukee Chapter, Centro Hispano, LGBT Community Center and Parents for Public Schools.
"Education is a civil right and public responsibility," the report declares. "A strong public education system is the foundation of our democracy, of equal opportunity, and of an economy that works for all."
In order to ensure that right, SCU argues, segregation, economic inequality and the effort to privatize public schools must be addressed.
"We all know that our public schools can, and must, do a better job educating all children," reads a letter accompanying the report. "But we must never forget that the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) remains the only education institution in this city with the capacity, the commitment and the legal obligation to educate all children.
"To move forward, we must reaffirm the inherent link between strong public schools, healthy communities and a multiracial democracy. We must also break down the division between rich and poor, white and non-white, city and suburban. Segregation an inequities undermine the common good throughout our metropolitan area."
For more information on the report and the events, visit SchoolsAndCommunitiesUnited.org. The entire report can be found at the same link.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Bobby Tanzilo
Published Jan. 29, 2015
If you've walked or driven past lately, you've likely seen that work on the Milwaukee Art Museum and War Memorial Center is well underway. Here's an update.
Published Jan. 28, 2015
The fire that destroyed the Metropolitan Block - described as "the equal to any building in the country" - was a sad reality, despite my own foggy memories of it.
Published Jan. 27, 2015
The visionary civil rights leader visited our city to speak on at least two occasions. His comments half a century ago remain as true now as they were then. Here is some of what he told Milwaukeeans.
Published Jan. 26, 2015
Maybe it's just because I love visiting schools, but I always tell prospective parents to go to a school that interests them as a potential option for their children. Sure, read Great Schools' ratings, talk to other parents, Google the school, but if you're going to do one thing only: go to the school. Not sure which school or schools to check out? Then the first step is to visit the MPS All-School Enrollment Fair on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.
Published Jan. 26, 2015
DNA testing for genealogical purposes can open up new vistas in your self-identity and your self-awareness. We took a test and here's what we learned.
Published Jan. 24, 2015
When Milwaukee's Italian community read the news that a group of Americans - including many prominent city residents - would protest Italian intervention in Spain outside the Italian Consulate in June 1937, it must have awaited the event with at least some trepidation. When the protests took place, everyone - including the picketers themselves - were surprised by what occurred and by the reaction of Milwaukeeans.
Published Jan. 22, 2015
By the 1970s, an ugly addition and the gutting of the deco charm inside left The Edgewater a mere shadow of its original glory on the shores of Lake Mendota. But now, with a new owner, a completely new renovation and a brand new sister building across an inviting plaza, The Edgewater is clearly atop the world of Madison hotels once again.
Published Jan. 20, 2015
If you want to hear more about Dermond Property Investments LLC's plan to develop the site long occupied by Faust Drum Center, 2204 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., and weigh in on it, Ald. Tony Zielinski hosts a town hall meeting on the proposed development on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Bay View Post 180, 2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Published Jan. 20, 2015
The Williams House, 606 E. Homer St., holds special significance - both tragic and joyful - for Beau Walter's pioneering Bay View family.
Published Jan. 19, 2015
Much like a traveling tent show, the Wisconsin Historical Society is moving its new exhibition around the state and this month it's in Milwaukee. "The Wisconsin History Tour: Sharing Wisconsin's Stories One Community at a Time" is on view on the first floor of the Central Milwaukee Public Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., through Jan. 29.