Civil rights leader and legislator Lloyd A. Barbee frequently signed his correspondence with "Justice for All," a phrase that embodied his life's work of fighting for equality and fairness. An attorney most remembered for the landmark case that desegregated Milwaukee Public Schools in 1972, Barbee stood up for justice throughout his career, from defending University of Wisconsin students who were expelled after pushing the school to offer black history courses, to representing a famous comedian who was arrested after stepping out of a line at a protest march.  

This collection is edited by his daughter, civil rights lawyer Daphne E. Barbee-Wooten. It  features Barbee's writings from the front lines of the civil rights movement, along with his reflections from later in life on the challenges of legislating as a minority, the logistics of coalition building, and the value of moving the needle on issues that would outlast him.  


  • Occurs Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Wisconsin Historical Society Museum

30 N. Carroll St.