Andrew Rossmeissl @ Tue, 2005-01-18 03:14

In 1965, the country’s most effective civil rights leaders joined forces in Chicago to attempt the first civil rights campaign in a large Northern city. Focusing on open housing, the movement enlisted thousands of people to march through Chicago’s streets and into its real estate offices. This site chronicles the people, organizations, and events that formed the movement, and brings together a vast collection of movement material. 2006 Commemoration · Historical overview · Timeline · More

Andrew Rossmeissl @ Fri, 2005-01-28 02:25


CFM Placeholder Edwin “Bill” Berry was the aggressive leader of the Chicago Urban League who served as a leader of the Chicago Freedom Movement. Berry was born in Oberlin, Ohio, and educated at Oberlin College. Still, he had trouble finding employment after college and therefore became involved in the Pittsburgh Urban League. He soon became the Executive Director of the Portland, Oregon chapter, where he was able to greatly strengthen the organization. When the board of the Chicago Urban League came together o .....
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Andrew Rossmeissl @ Fri, 2005-01-28 02:23

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February 1966

SCLC, CCCO, and the West Side Federation seized a run-down apartment building at 1321 South Homan in Lawndale to dramatize the plight of the inner-city poor. The “trusteeship” received national attention. When asked about the legality of the takeover, Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “I won’t say that this is illegal, but I would call it supralegal. The moral question is far more important than the legal one.” At the same time, Chicago’s chapter of Operation Breadbasket, directed by Jesse Jackson, began to focus on the employment practices of local bread, milk, soft drink, and soup companies.

Andrew Rossmeissl @ Tue, 2005-01-25 16:51

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