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Union looks for feedback on room names associated with campus KKK members

MADISON, Wis. - Following a report outlining the Ku Klux Klan's connection to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus, the Wisconsin Union is looking for feedback on the use of names of two known members. 

The Wisconsin Union announced in May that they will be temporarily covering up the names of Porter Butts and Fredric March. The two are the namesakes of two rooms in Memorial Union. 

“We are actively seeking out feedback from our community on these names,” said Susan Dibbell, Wisconsin Union deputy director and Union Council member. “We want to hear what people are feeling, information they would like to share, and their thoughts.”

The Union Council announced Friday that they will be holding two forums to get public input about how to move forward with the naming of the Porter Butts Gallery and the Fredric March Play Circle. 

The Council will hold the July 11 forum in the Capitol View Room from noon to 1 p.m. The July 12 forum will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Old Madison East.

Both forums will be at Memorial Union and are open to the public. Anyone who speaks at the forum will be given three minutes. 

Each forum will include an update from Union Council on their decision-making effort, which will be followed by time to hear from members of the community. Council members will take the feedback from the forums into consideration in their decision. 


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