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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the pre-eminent non-violent leader of the black civil rights movement, came to Chicago in 1966 in an attempt to confront de facto segregation in the urban North. King was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of a powerful Baptist minister. After graduating from Morehouse College in 1948, he studied theology at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and Boston University. After receiving his graduate degree, he became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Ba .....
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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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