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


Bernard LaFayette, Jr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., was the first of the leading southern civil rights activists to turn to organizing in Chicago. In 1964, he was recruited to work for the Chicago office of the American Friends Service Committee. He began working on the city’s West Side and energized local residents to mobilize against lead poisoning. LaFayette’s presence in Chicago was decisive in luring James Bevel to Chicago in 1965 as program director for the West Side Christian Parish. LaFayette and Bevel a .....
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Andrew Rossmeissl @ Fri, 2005-01-28 02:23

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October 1966

The Chicago Freedom Movement sought to find a new focus with the conclusion of the open-housing marches. This goal proved elusive. Martin Luther King, Jr., and other civil rights leaders were concerned that the local government officials and agencies were not actively working on the mandates of the Summit Agreement.

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

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