Panel: The Life & Legacy of Vel Phillips

Mar 4, 2022 –
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


We are very excited to announce a virtual panel on the life and legacy of Vel Phillips.

Leading this discussion are four distinguished members of the Vel Phillips Taskforce, whose work led the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board this past November to approve the commissioning of a commemorative statue on the grounds of our Wisconsin State Capitol. When the statue is erected, it will be the first to honor a Black woman at any state capitol in the country.

The panelists include:

Michael Phillips

Son of Vel Phillips; Attorney and Member of the Vel Phillips Taskforce

Michael Johnson

CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Dane County; Co-chair of the Vel Phillips Taskforce

WI State Representative Shelia Stubbs

Member of Vel Phillips Taskforce

Angela Arrington

Attorney; Member of Vel Phillips Taskforce

The panelists will discuss Vel Phillips' achievements as the first Black woman to graduate from UW Law School, the first to be elected to statewide office (Secretary of State) and Wisconsin's first Black judge. The panelists will also discuss how their work came about in the wake of, and as a response to, the public protests at the State Capitol in the summer of 2020 following the murder of George Floyd.


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