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


Addie Wyatt Addie L. Wyatt drew on her experience in the American labor movement to become a national leader for social justice, civil rights, and women’s rights. Wyatt was born in Mississippi in 1924 and soon her family followed other African Americans to Mississippi. In 1940, she married Claude S. Wyatt, Jr. Wyatt’s deep faith led her to eventually to join her husband as a minister of the Vernon Park Church of God. In 1941, Wyatt, looking to help with home expenses, began working in Chicago’s meat pack .....
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Andrew Rossmeissl @ Fri, 2005-01-28 02:23

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March 1966

The Chicago Freedom Movement’s organizing effort on the West Side focused on the rundown apartment buildings managed by Condor and Costalis as examples of the exploitation of inner-city residents. More than ten thousand persons attended a Freedom Festival at the International Amphitheater which featured a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., and performances by Harry Belafonte, Mahalia Jackson, and Dick Gregory. King called for a “grand alliance of the forces of good will with the underprivileged to end the dark days of powerless existence.”

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

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