Margaret Rozga 200 Nights and One Day

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200 Nights and One Day

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Poetry. African American Studies. This book of poetry presents a brilliant analysis which takes us through the brave history of the strength, commitment and passion of the people of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as they marched, struggled, and were jailed to win the victory of justice and freedom for all. Peggy Rozga joined protestors, participated in freedom marches, and was jailed for fighting and marching for the rights of poor Black children of the city of Milwaukee under the leadership of one of the great advocates of non-violence, direct action, and civil disobedience of our times: Father James Edmund Groppi.

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Margaret (Peggy) Rozga teaches creative writing and multi-cultural literature at the University of Wisconsin Waukesha. She has had poems included in six collaborative shows with visual artists, including Collaborative Vision: Poetic Dialogue, a show at the Chicago Cultural Center January through April 2009 and Threaded Metaphors, opening at the Charles Allis Museum in Milwaukee in May 2009. Her play March On Milwaukee: A Memoir of the Open Housing Protests has been produced four times since April 2007. She has been a resident at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and at the Ragdale Foundation. Her poems and essays have also appeared in many literary journals, including Main Street Rag, Out of Line, Blue Mesa Review, Apple Valley Review, Passager, and Wisconsin Magazine of History.

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For my students, the turbulence of the sixties has reduced to songs and slogans, an occasional movie. The African-American quest for equality is pushed so far behind as to seem the product of a scriptwriter rather than an insistent force which guns and hoses will not stop. As Margaret Rozga says in her opening poem, History remembers the dream, forgets the nightmare. These poems speak of Milwaukee activists, including her, who marched for months to bring about fair housing. Each voice speaks with immediacy impossible to ignore. I have my memories of the sixties the meetings, the marches, the demonstrations Chicago, Washington, DC. These poems unearth Milwaukee s story, the story of so many cities in turmoil during that time. Thanks to the poet-as-witness, the reader knows that these stories will not disappear. --Professor Martha Vertreace-Doody, A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow

For my students, the turbulence of the sixties has reduced to songs and slogans, an occasional movie. The African-American quest for equality is pushed so far behind as to seem the product of a scriptwriter rather than an insistent force which guns and hoses will not stop. As Margaret Rozga says in her opening poem, History remembers the dream, forgets the nightmare. These poems speak of Milwaukee activists, including her, who marched for months to bring about fair housing. Each voice speaks with immediacy impossible to ignore. I have my memories of the sixties the meetings, the marches, the demonstrations Chicago, Washington, DC. These poems unearth Milwaukee s story, the story of so many cities in turmoil during that time. Thanks to the poet-as-witness, the reader knows that these stories will not disappear. --Professor Martha Vertreace-Doody, A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and

These poems bring to life an important, but often overlooked, chapter in civil rights history the fight for local and national open housing laws...This significant and accessible book provides an excellent way to introduce the study of the American Civil Rights Movement to students in literature and history classes. --Dr. Howard Fuller, Founder and Director, The Institute for the Transformation of Learning, Marquette University

For my students, the turbulence of the sixties has reduced to songs and slogans, an occasional movie. The African-American quest for equality is pushed so far behind as to seem the product of a scriptwriter rather than an insistent force which guns and hoses will not stop. As Margaret Rozga says in her opening poem, History remembers the dream, forgets the nightmare. These poems speak of Milwaukee activists, including her, who marched for months to bring about fair housing. Each voice speaks with immediacy impossible to ignore. I have my memories of the sixties the meetings, the marches, the demonstrations Chicago, Washington, DC. These poems unearth Milwaukee s story, the story of so many cities in turmoil during that time. Thanks to the poet-as-witness, the reader knows that these stories will not disappear. --Professor Martha Vertreace-Doody, A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and

These poems bring to life an important, but often overlooked, chapter in civil rights history the fight for local and national open housing laws...This significant and accessible book provides an excellent way to introduce the study of the American Civil Rights Movement to students in literature and history classes. --Dr. Howard Fuller, Founder and Director, The Institute for the Transformation of Learning, Marquette University

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