Wednesday, April 3, 2019

From the Madison Public Library clippings files: Racial animosities mar teen dances (1967-1968)

December 21, 1967 (Capital Times)
According to police reports, Wednesday night's fighting between white and Negro boys.  When the Dane County traffic policemen tried to break up the fight, they were pushed and knocked to the ground.  

December 22, 1967 (Capital Times)
A dance Wednesday night had to be stopped because about 40 youths became embroiled in a fight with racial overtones.

December 22, 1967 (Capital Times)
"We recognize these kids are filled with pep, but they will just have to act in an orderly manner," Erickson commented.

August 21, 1968  (Capital Times)
The racial incident that followed the Aug. 3 dance has triggered a bitter controversy between the Equal Opportunities Commission, and the Police Department and City Council.

Related reading:
1968:  A wild tiem in Madison.  (Isthmus, 8/24/2008)
Even without the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, race would have been at the forefront in Madison in 1968. Less than a week before King's murder, the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) reported 18 instances of overt racial conflict in the past 11 months.
1967:  The summer of our discontent.  (Madison magazine, 12/8/2017)
A year later, the EOC saw things differently, declaring after its public hearings that “racial discrimination undeniably exists” and that “a serious lack of rapport exists between Madison minority group members and the police. There is real fear of harassment and retaliation.” 
“The summer of 1967 was a jittery one in terms of race relations,” it recounted, citing “the increased number of neighborhood clashes with racial overtones in several areas of the city. It would seem that the problems of housing, disbelief in employment possibilities [and] hostility focused on police are the peaks of an iceberg of deeper problems. Their causes lie in the long years of overt and covert discrimination.”
A History of Black Madison.  (Madison365, 1/27/2018)
1968: The National Urban League approves an application for an affiliate to be located in Madison. Funding for the group is initially rejected by the Givers Fund, now known as the United Way, because “discrimination as it exists in other communities does not exist in Madison.”

More from the Madison Public Library clippings file:
Then and now, 7219 Franklin Avenue, Middleton WI.  (3/20/2019)
Middleton post-World War II population boom.  (3/18/2019)
Residents don't want Willy Street to lose its unique character (1994-2002). (2/21/2019)
A time traveler from 1956 wouldn't recognize the place now.  (2/21/2019)
Remembering the hot-rodders of East Wash (1980-1999).  (2/19/2019)
UPDATE,  Eventually, we'll work our way back to the horse and buggy era.  (2/18/2019)
The Battle of Stonefield in Middleton (1986).  (2/18/2019)
An expressway like a dagger through the heart.  (2/7/2019)
Not to worry, folks, Wisconsin public television survived.  (2/5/2019)
Downtown/University area urban renewal, 1971-1981 (1/28/2019)
Madison urban renewal, part 3, the Triangle, 1970-1979.  (1/27/2019)
Madison urban renewal, part 2, the Triangle, 1964-1969 . (1/27/2019)
Madison urban renewal, part 1, 1962-1964.  (1/27/2019) 
Downtown Madison parking ramps, 1956-1971.  (1/22/2019)

History of the Dane County airport.  (12/21/2018)

City's first skywalk opens in 1966.  (10/9/2017)
Typewriter art.  (10/9/2017)
Proudfit and Regent streets widening, 1955.  (9/30/2017)
Northport Connector project, 1960.  (9/30/2017)
Regent Street extension beyond Rosa Road, another bad idea left on the drawing board.  (5/27/2017) 
Drake Street extension, a bad idea left on the drawing board.  (5/26/2017)

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