On a beautiful summer day in 1946, pickets appeared outside the offices of the Minneapolis Board of Realtors. The young protesters — who were newly returned veterans and students at the University of Minnesota — held signs demanding equal rights. Their goal was to make visible the racism that lay hidden in the property deeds of homeowners across the city.
The picketers were bringing home the war they had just finished. They demanded that Minneapolis embrace the new conceptions of race, community and democracy that had been forged during the fight against fascism.