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The Evolution of the Chicago Machine and Black Politics

January 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

On July 10, 1966, nearly 30,000 people gathered at Soldier Field to hear Martin Luther King’s speech, on what came to be known as Freedom Sunday:

“This day we must declare our own Emancipation Proclamation. This day we must commit ourselves to make any sacrifice necessary to change Chicago. This day we must decide to fill up the jails of Chicago, if necessary, in order to end slums.

“This day we must decide to register every negro in Chicago of voting age before the municipal election. This day we must decide that our votes will determine who will be the mayor of Chicago next year.

“This day, henceforth and forever more, we must make it clear that we will purge Chicago of every politician, whether he be negro or white, who feels that he owns the negro vote rather than earns the negro vote.”

They still think they own it. They don’t.

This will be a panel discussion. Panelists to be announced.


January 19, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Illinois For All


Carter G. Woodson Regional Library
9525 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60628
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