Vel Phillips Archives

City honors late civil rights advocate Vel R. Phillips with street naming

August 16, 2018

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, the City of Milwaukee along with the Bader Foundation and Alderwoman Milele Coggs held a special street renaming ceremony at North 4th Street and West North Avenue to honor the late civil rights advocate Vel Phillips. The intersection will now be known as North Vel R. Phillips Ave. The renaming… [Read More]

Funeral services held for civil right activist and judge Vel R. Phillips

May 10, 2018

Hundreds gathered at Milwaukee’s oldest African American church, St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, on Saturday, May 5, 2018, to celebrate the life of Vel Phillips, the pioneering civil rights leader who smashed racial and gender barriers as a lawyer, city council woman and Wisconsin secretary of state. “These pinnacles were not what made Vel’s… [Read More]

Milwaukee civil rights leader Vel Phillips passes away at 94

April 19, 2018

Lifelong trailblazer and civil rights advocate Vel R. Phillips died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, leaving a legacy of fighting for equality that has inspired generations. Phillips, 94, was praised by city leaders as an unwavering voice for justice who deeply changed Milwaukee. “She was a lonely warrior for a long time,” Mayor Tom Barrett said…. [Read More]