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The Chicago Freedom Movement
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Six months after the Selma to Montgomery marches and just weeks after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a group from Martin Luther King Jr.'s staff arrived in Chicago, eager to apply his nonviolent approach to social change in a northern city. Once there, King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) joined the locally based Coordinating Council of Community Organizations (CCCO) to form the Chicago Freedom Movement. The open housing demonstrations they organized eventually resulted in a controversial agreement with Mayor Richard J. Daley and other city leaders, the fallout of which has historically led some to conclude that the movement was largely ineffective.

In this important volume, an eminent team of scholars and activists offer an alternative assessment of the Chicago Freedom Movement's impact on race relations and social justice, both in the city and across the nation. Building upon recent works, the contributors reexamine the movement and illuminate its lasting contributions in order to challenge conventional perceptions that have underestimated its impressive legacy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. Mary Lou Finley, Bernard LaFayette Jr., James R. Ralph Jr., Pam Smith
  3. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part 1: Living the Chicago Freedom Movement
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. 1. In Their Own Voices: The Story of the Movement as Told by the Participants
  2. Edited by James R. Ralph Jr. and Mary Lou Finley
  3. pp. 13-80
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  1. Part 2: Background and History
  2. pp. 81-82
  1. 2. Interpreting the Chicago Freedom Movement: The Last Fifty Years
  2. James R. Ralph Jr.
  3. pp. 83-99
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  1. 3. Toward the Apex of Civil Rights Activism: Antecedents of the Chicago Freedom Movement, 1965–1966
  2. Christopher Robert Reed
  3. pp. 100-112
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  1. Part 3:The Impact of the Chicago Freedom Movement
  2. pp. 113-114
  1. 4. The Chicago Freedom Movement and the Federal Fair Housing Act
  2. Leonard S. Rubinowitz
  3. pp. 115-130
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  1. 5. The Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities: Chicago and Fair Housing
  2. Brian White
  3. pp. 131-153
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  1. 6. The North Shore Summer Project: “We’re Gonna Open up the Whole North Shore”
  2. Gail Schechter
  3. pp. 154-181
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  1. 7. Tenant Unions during the Chicago Freedom Movement: Innovation and Impact
  2. Herman Jenkins
  3. pp. 182-206
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  1. 8. The Chicago Freedom Movement and the Fight for Fair Lending
  2. Mary Lou Finley
  3. pp. 207-227
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  1. 9. Martin Luther King’s Legacy in North Lawndale: The Dr. King Legacy Apartments and Memorial District
  2. Kimberlie Jackson
  3. pp. 228-235
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  1. 10. The Movement Didn’t Stop
  2. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.
  3. pp. 236-254
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  1. 11. Perspectives on the Legacy of Jesse L. Jackson Sr.
  2. Al Sharpton
  3. pp. 255-262
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  1. 12. The Rise of Independent Black Political Power in Chicago
  2. Don Rose
  3. pp. 263-273
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  1. 13. Roots of the Environmental Justice Movement: A Community Mobilizes to End Childhood Lead Poisoning
  2. Sherrilynn J. Bevel
  3. pp. 274-291
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  1. 14. Youth and Nonviolence: Then and Now
  2. Pam Smith
  3. pp. 292-324
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  1. Part 4: Stories from the Chicago Freedom Movement
  2. pp. 325-326
  1. 15. Music and the Movement I: Music and Grassroots Organizing
  2. Jimmy Collier, Allegra Malone
  3. pp. 327-342
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  1. 16. Music and the Movement II: Music for an Urban Movement
  2. Gene Barge, Allegra Malone
  3. pp. 343-350
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  1. 17. Women in the Movement I: The Women of SCLC-WSCP Take Action
  2. Molly Martindale
  3. pp. 351-368
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  1. 18. Women in the Movement II: Dorothy Gautreaux
  2. Hal Baron
  3. pp. 369-372
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  1. 19. Labor and the Chicago Freedom Movement
  2. Gil Cornfield, Melody Heaps, Norman Hill
  3. pp. 373-386
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  1. Part 5: Lessons Learned and the Unfinished Work
  2. pp. 387-388
  1. 20. Nonviolence and the Chicago Freedom Movement
  2. Bernard LaFayette Jr.
  3. pp. 389-406
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  1. 21. Movement Success: The Long View
  2. Mary Lou Finley
  3. pp. 407-434
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  1. Epilogue: Nonviolence Remix and Today’s Millennials
  2. Jonathan Lewis
  3. pp. 435-442
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 443-446
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. 447-450
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 451-458
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 459-464
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 465-500
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  1. Image Plates
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