Chicago Freedom Movement

Fulfilling the Dream


WELCOME TO THE CFM40 ARCHIVE, a collection of materials concerning the Chicago Freedom Movement. Assembled in celebration of the Movement’s 40th anniversary, this archive will continue to grow as additional resources become available.

Where to begin?

First, get acquainted with the Movement by reading the historical overview. Keeping a copy of the timeline handy might help. Next, listen to Bernard LaFayette recall the roots of the movement. As you hear names of people and organizations, visit our pages on them by browsing the appropriate sections of this archive. Finally, check the home page daily as the “today 40 years ago” section tracks the progress of the Movement in its efforts.


Background and context
Overview · Timeline · More history →
Bios of those involved
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. · Al Raby · Participants · More profiles →
The social structures
SCLC · CCCO · More organizations →
Visual and aural material
Bernard LaFayette · More media →
Looking back on the CFM
CFM myths · What are “civil rights”? · More commentary →
Primary sources
An archive of material
July 10 Demands · Summit agreement · More primary source material →
What happened in Chicago
July 18, 1966 · August 25, 1966 · More day-by-day →
Where to look for more
Books · Links · More resources →

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