My Sister’s Keeper

Join us for My Sister’s Keeper: An Intergenerational Conversation of Black Women. This will be an evening of networking and sisterhood, with listening circles facilitated by the Zeidler Center!

Black women work hard in various fields and industries yet some of us are overworked, underrepresented and at times unappreciated. Sometimes we fail to care for ourselves and one another.

Women who have come before us have opened doors that were closed to Black women and created paths for us to follow. This event honors one such woman, living legend *Vel Phillips. During the evening, we will engage in listening circles facilitated by the Zeidler Center where we focus on the question, “What is the responsibility of Black women from one generation to the next?”

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October 20 Program:

5:30p: Registration
6pm: Introduction, Networking and light refreshments
6:30p – 8p: Dialogue

This is a FREE event but registration is appreciated at

If interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please email Bianca Shaw at for more information, and register on this page. All donations will go to cover food for this event, and support future intergenerational women’s dialogues.

*Vel Phillips, a living legend born February 15, 1924 in Milwaukee, WI, attended and graduated from North Division High School. Vel was the first African-American woman to graduate law school, UW – Madison, in the state of WI. In 1956 she became the first woman to sit on the City of Milwaukee’s Common Council. In 1962 she introduced Milwaukee’s first fair-housing ordinance, which was passed in 1968. Vel became the first woman judge in Milwaukee county and the first African – American to serve in Wisconsin’s judiciary. She is passionate about helping those who are unable to advocate for themselves and continues to encourage women to make changes within the community.