Milwaukee civil rights leader Vel Phillips, 94, has died.
Officials made the announcement and held a moment of silence during Tuesday night’s MPS school board meeting.
Phillips was the first African-American, and first woman, ever elected to the Milwaukee Common Council.
She was also the first African-American woman to serve as judge in Wisconsin and the first female judge in Milwaukee.
Phillips again made history when she became the first woman and African-American elected to a constitutional office as Secretary of State for Wisconsin.
Several local leaders have posted condolence messages on social media.
Saddened to learn that Vel Phillips, Wisconsin’s first African-American judge and statewide official, passed away this evening. My deepest condolences to her family, including my colleague Assistant District Attorney Mike Phillips, who continues his mother’s work for justice.
— John Chisholm (@DAJohnChisholm) April 18, 2018