Friday, August 05, 2011

King and the Chicago Mob of 1966

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s march in Chicago was met with fierce opposition and violence.  Northern cities like Chicago had shown its true colors long before Dr. King arrived, but he would get to experience it first hand. 

On Friday, August 5, 1966, Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Ralph Abernathy and others arrived in Chicago to protest housing discrimination in that city. Reverend Abernathy later reported that they received a worse reception than they had in the South. Their marches, especially the one through Marquette Park, were met by angry, screaming mobs of men and women who were throwing stones and bottles, while shouting curses and racial slurs. Read more…

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