Father James E. Groppi was a passionate civil rights leader in Milwaukee in the 1960s. He marched into danger and helped change the course of the city’s history. Born in Milwaukee in 1930, James Groppi became a Catholic priest whose deepening concern for the lives and rights of African-Americans in his parish led him to a central role in the Civil Rights movement in Milwaukee in the 1960s. He is perhaps best known for his leadership in the marches for fair housing, during which protestors repeatedly crossed the 16th St. Viaduct to demand equal protection under the law for anyone in any neighborhood in Milwaukee. Father Groppi’s story is essential to understand the ongoing racial and cultural issues in Milwaukee. He continues to inspire activists of all kinds in their work for a better world.
MPS eNewsletter Sign-Up
Whether or not you have a child enrolled at an MPS school or are an employee, all of our community members have a vested interest in what goes on at MPS. Subscribe to our eNewsletters for important updates and information.