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Peter, Paul & Mary singing the Pete Seeger/Lee Hays song “If I Had a Hammer” at the Civil Rights March on Washington - August 28, 1963.  



Violence and public unrest have brought Milwaukee into the national spotlight. Sadly, these circumstances are not unfamiliar to this city’s residents; in July 1967 Milwaukee experienced civil disturbances similar to those that occurred over the last two evenings. The rioting in the 1960s resulted in 1,740 arrests, 100 injuries, and 3 gunshot deaths. There is some disagreement over what sparked the disturbances, but local businesses in the North Third Street area was vandalized and burned, and tensions ran high. Unlike today, a Curfew was issued by the mayor and the National Guard was called in 1967. The legacy of discriminatory housing practices, “neighborhood school” programs, and other trappings of inequality have left their mark in Milwaukee which remains one of the most segregated cities in the country.

Today in Milwaukee, the story is still unfolding, and many wait anxiously on more information from officials while others look to social media and neighbors. Most of us will do both. If you’re thinking of Milwaukee right now, it may not be a bad idea to gain some context: explore our struggles, but also learn about our heroes like Father James Groppi and Vel Phillips.


Vel Phillips Addressing a Crowd from the March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project

March protesting the Eagles Club’s all-white policy, James Groppi center, 1966 from the March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project

Stop school segregation march, 1964 from the March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project

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Headcanon that Sam's great grandmother was a badass soldier and spy way back in the day, possibly mentoring Peggy and other women. She was certified, grade A+++ badass and is probably still alive at like 100+ years old. She knew everybody (Maya Angelou, Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, Friday Kahlo, etc) and had dozens of different jobs in her lifetime. She has killed men with her bare hands.

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She has been presented many medals in her time, was probably there to help in forming S.H.I.E.L.D., she’s probably the reason Nick Fury is a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. She was around for when the Howling Commandos were in action, both when Cap and Buck were still a part of em and after their “deaths”. She  has probably had a hand in their missions, as well.

She was there and very heavily involved with the Civil Rights Movement, she marched and spoke out on the issues, she was helping out within the Black Panther Party, she was probably part of some of the armed citizens’ patrols, she probably taught some of them how to properly handle a gun for a situation where it would be needed, even taught some of them self-defense techniques.. And I bet she was there helping with the Breakfast Program in her community.

Can you also imagine hearing when Cap came out the ice? Better yet, can you imagine her seeing all that S.H.I.E.L.D. is and was being dumped onto the internet, finding out HYDRA had gotten in a long time ago? Seeing the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D.? And then imagine her reaction when she finds out her great grandbaby helped with revealing this corruption, her look of approval.

Then imagine once the accords come around, and she finds out he’s been taken into custody. I can see her tryna pull out all the stops tryna see if she can get some higher up contacts she probably still has to work on his release (before Steve ultimately breaks all of them out). Her being LIVID they stripped him of the medals he earned in his time in the military, branding him a criminal. You know she ain’t about to have none of that.