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AltHistory book offends AltRight as KKK brings censorship campaign to UW-Milwaukee

The Journalism Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee received a letter from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in protest of a fictional book in early October. The message was written by a representative of a KKK faction in North Carolina. It comes in response to a recently published novel, “The Slave Players” by Megan Allen, asking libraries and colleges across the nation to ban the book. The plot is a mix of Django Unchained meets The Hunger Games (or Battle Royale by Koushun Takami). The modern day and fictional story takes place in the...

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BMO Tower embarks on downtown construction with groundbreaking

Construction of downtown Milwaukee’s newest high-rise office building, the 25-story BMO Tower, formally kicked off on November 16 with a groundbreaking ceremony in front of the BMO Harris Bank parking structure at 770 N. Water Street. The building will be home to BMO Harris Bank’s Wisconsin headquarters as well as the offices of the law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Initial relocation of utilities started in August at the building site. The site is currently occupied by a surface parking lot and seven-level parking structure located south of Wells Street between North Water Street and North Broadway. Demolition...

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Maya Lin: Ceremony marks 35th anniversary of Vietnam Memorial’s healing power

In honor of the 35th Anniversary of The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a week of events were hosted across Washington DC from November 7 to 11 and concluded with a special commemoration service. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) honored Maya Lin, the designer of The Wall, on November 11. The organization officially expressed thanks and gratitude for her design of the memorial, and for her lifetime of artistic work as part of the 35th anniversary of The Wall commemoration. Critical to her design was the order of the names. Lin was a 21-year-old Yale undergraduate student when...

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Photo Essay: Seeing the Nation’s Capital with Milwaukee Eyes

Images from Washington DC as Veterans from Milwaukee toured the city during the week of November 7 to 11. The ongoing political turmoil surrounding the administration of the 45th President has had direct impact on the lives of many Milwaukee residents, particularly the city’s large hispanic community. While the capital city seems far away and its mention is usually reduced to headlines, these images offer a ground level look at familiar historic sites. The photographs were taken over the course of several days during the Veterans Day Memorial Week, as part of former Army Combat Medic George Banda’s memorial...

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Lynn Novick: A discussion about her Vietnam War film on Veterans Day

Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Lynn Novick, held an informal Q&A with veterans about the 18-hour documentary series she co-directed with Ken Burns at The Hamilton on Veterans Day 2017. “The Vietnam War” tells the story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history. Both visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides. The personal collection of stories included many Americans who fought in the war or opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the...

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Patrick Jones: Milwaukee’s struggle for racial justice as the Selma of the North

The Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) hosted a “200 Nights of Freedom” event on November 3 with author Patrick Jones, who discussed his book about Milwaukee’s Open Housing Marches of 1967-1968. Stories about the Civil Rights era of the 1960s traditionally focus on events in cities like Selma, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Greensboro in the South. They are an important part of the movement’s narrative, but by overlooking what was going on in the North at that time a vital part of the history is missing. The City of Milwaukee was central to the struggle of urban crisis, and foreshadowed...

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