Students Learn About Milwaukee’s History of Racial Segregation
Peter Borg, doctoral candidate at Marquette University and father of Lizzie ’20 and Micah Borg '22, visited Upper School students on Tuesday, Feb. 11 to speak about Milwaukee’s history of racial bias in honor of Black History Month. Borg, whose doctoral dissertation centers on American history, with a focus on race in churches in Milwaukee, was invited by the Black Student Union.
Borg talked about the origins of Black History Month, as well as local, state, and federal practices enacted in the early 1900s that have led to Milwaukee’s current racial segregation. These initiatives included the introduction of restrictive covenants and the discriminatory practices of denying minority populations access to equal loan and housing opportunities.
Borg encouraged students to take advantage of the diversity of races, religious faiths, cultural backgrounds, and more that can be found in their own classmates, and to make a concerted effort to become friends with people who are different from themselves.