"Big Dreams Idea Mapper” enables students to concretely draw connections between the events and themes in the documentary “Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams” and the students’ lives, homes, and community. To create an idea map, students first choose a graphic organizer, such as a topic chart, Venn diagram, or timeline.
Historians, local citizens and experts tell stories of tourism, cherries, art, and geology that capture the history of Door County. Viewers will also explore ethnic heritages that still thrive across the land, its art history, and efforts to preserve both the land and the natural beauty that define one of Wisconsin’s most charming places.
After her political career ended, Vel Phillips continued to work for equity and justice.
Vel Phillips was elected Wisconsin’s first African American Secretary of State.
Governor Patrick Lucey appointed Vel Phillips as a children’s court judge.
Vel Phillips was arrested while rallying for the right to live in any neighborhood.
Milwaukee residents were not allowed to buy housing in certain neighborhoods because of segregation.
In 1958, Vel Phillips was the first African American woman elected to the Democratic National Committee.
Vel Phillips had to overcome gender and race discrimination while in office.
After opening a law office with her husband, Vel Phillips was elected to Milwaukee’s Common Council.