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


Tony Henry Tony Henry was a critical figure in the organizing of the Chicago Freedom Movement on the West Side. He was a highly regarded field officer for the American Friends Service Committee during the 1960s. He died in January 2008 and the Houston Chronicle carried the following obituary: ANTHONY RAY HENRY, 69 of Houston, passed away January 9, 2008. He was born August 14, 1938 to Lawrence Gene and Autry Thomas Henry. Anthony was saved at an early age and baptized at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. .....
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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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