The Chicago Freedom Movement

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North

by Mary Lou Finley, Bernard Jr. LaFayette, James R. Jr. Ralph, Pam Smith, Christopher Robert Reed, Leonard Rubinowitz, Brian White, Gail Schechter, Herman Jenkins, Kimberlie Jackson, Jesse Sr. Jackson, Al Sharpton, Don Rose, Sherrilynn J. Bevel, Jimmy Collier, Gene Barge, Allegra Malone, Molly Martindale, Hal Baron, Melody Heaps, Gilbert Cornfield, Norman Hill, Jonathan Lewis, Clayborne Carson

Series: Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century

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  • 9780813166520
  • 9780813166513

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.


  • The University Press of Kentucky; March 2016
  • ISBN: 9780813166520
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  • Title: The Chicago Freedom Movement
  • Series: Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century
  • Author: Mary Lou Finley (ed.); Bernard Jr. LaFayette (ed.); James R. Jr. Ralph (ed.); Pam Smith (ed.); Christopher Robert Reed (contrib.); Leonard Rubinowitz (contrib.); Brian White (contrib.); Gail Schechter (contrib.); Herman Jenkins (contrib.); Kimberlie Jackson (contrib.); Jesse Sr. Jackson (contrib.); Al Sharpton (contrib.); Don Rose (contrib.); Sherrilynn J. Bevel (contrib.); Jimmy Collier (contrib.); Gene Barge (contrib.); Allegra Malone (contrib.); Molly Martindale (contrib.); Hal Baron (contrib.); Melody Heaps (contrib.); Gilbert Cornfield (contrib.); Norman Hill (contrib.); Jonathan Lewis (contrib.); Clayborne Carson (other)
  • Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky
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  • 9780813166506
  • 9780813166520
  • 9780813166513

In The Press

" The Chicago Freedom Movement is an exciting new treatment that explains the movement from a variety of points of view, including narratives from both historians and participants. The book presents voices and documentation in a fresh way that helps us to better understand the movement's goals, successes, and failures, as well as its legacy for us today. Both scholars and general readers will gain new perspectives from this story." -- Michael Honey, author of Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign


About The Author

Mary Lou Finley is a sociologist and professor emeritus at Antioch University Seattle and coauthor of Doing Democracy: the MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements.

Bernard LaFayette Jr. is Distinguished Senior Scholar in Residence at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, the chair of the national board of SCLC, and the author of In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma.

James R. Ralph Jr. is Rehnquist Professor of American History and Culture at Middlebury College and author of Northern Protest: Martin Luther King, Jr., Chicago and the Civil Rights Movement.

Pam Smith is a longtime Chicago consultant who served as press secretary to Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign and Barack Obama's primary campaign for the US Senate. She teaches US history at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780813166506
  • 9780813166520
  • 9780813166513