June 1966

The shooting of James Meredith in Mississippi and the subsequent March against Fear in early June captured the attention of Martin Luther King, Jr., and many Chicago Freedom Movement activists. King and SCLC focused their energies on the Mississippi march, which ultimately popularized the phrase “Black Power.” The Chicago Freedom Movement leadership postponed their kick-off rally until July 10th. Meanwhile, Bill Moyer of the American Friends Service Committee helped coordinate protests against discriminatory realtors in Oak Park.