Like most Americans, I am thrilled about Chicago’s new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. I have been reading eagerly about its design, its landscaping, its emotional and cultural impact. As I look at the official website, though, I find myself disappointed that the Chicago Freedom Movement isn't mentioned in the timeline of Dr. King's life.
In 1966, Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Chicago—his only northern civil rights campaign—to help spearhead the movement to end slums and create fair and open housing. The campaign was widely regarded as a failure—Dr. King was hit in the head with a rock during one of the increasingly volatile marches through white neighborhoods, and the summit agreement he made with Mayor Daley never bore real fruit. Still, the Chicago Freedom Movement was an important one, one I believe ultimately led to the Fair Housing Act.
Read the rest at the Huffington Post.
By the way, Gina Misiroglu of Red Room put me in touch with the Huffington Post people, which is one of the great ways she's bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room's authors.
Causes Gayle Brandeis Supports
CODEPINK: Women for Peace, The Afghan Women's Mission, 826LA, WriteGirl, Camel Book Drive