Vel Phillips, an African-American lawmaker from Milwaukee is confirmed dead at age 95.
Phillips was not only a prolific member of the city’s Common Council, but was also an instrumental figure in the national movement for fair housing.
She introduced open-housing bills in 1962 which aim to put an end to the unjust practices of real estate agents and landlords to stop people of color to find housing beyond the “inner core” of Milwaukee.
Although she was faced with repeated opposition, she roused the unrest of the people who eventually took to the streets their indignation of the existing inequality. For 200 consecutive nights, they marched in the city starting in the late August 1967.