Chicago Freedom Movement

Fulfilling the Dream

July 1965

After staging daily marches in protest of segregative school policies, the CCCO invited Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for a three-day tour of conditions in the city of Chicago. After leading a march of thousands through Chicago’s downtown, King said: “We march here today because we believe that Chicago, her citizens, and her social structure are in dire need of redemption and reform.”

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