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History of the Brown Berets

March 17, 2024 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Ramona Villarreal, retired educator, activist and Madison’s first and only Brown Beret. 

Ramona Villarreal will provide a brief history and purpose of the Brown Berets. 

Villarreal says, “I became involved in the Brown Berets because I was a migrant worker. I became an activist for better treatment and working conditions for migrant workers. I felt that we were treated unfairly as we had no rights. I felt that we needed to open the closed doors for the injustices against the Chicano People. The Brown Berets were the path to achieve my goals. Brown Berets legacy is dying because of the aging generation. Also, the many political changes which took place as a result of the action of Brown Berets made changes. That is why I feel it is important to keep this legacy Alive for future generations.”

Host:  Barbara Collignon 

In-Person or Online

In-Person: In Max Otto Hall.

Online: Also available on our YouTube channel.

First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

For over 50 years, the Sunday Forum lecture series has showcased provocative, sometimes controversial, speakers discussing topical issues of the day: politics, the environment, health issues, the arts, education, and more. The Sunday Forum is held at 10:00 a.m. September through May. Speakers give a 45-minute presentation, followed by questions and brief comments from the audience. The content of Forum lectures does not necessarily express the viewpoint of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, but are meant to offer thoughtful topics which our members often pursue further on their own.


March 17, 2024
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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