Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams

The First Election

Clip | 3m 22s

In 1956, Vel Phillips is running for city council, hoping to become the first female and first African American in Milwaukee's history. But due to Milwaukee's history and present day social climate, Phillips hides her race and her gender from the majority white residents. Now, halfway through her campaign, she faces an even bigger challenge.

Aired: 02/01/16

Rating: TV-PG

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