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40th Anniversary Commemoration of the Chicago Freedom Movement
as of 6–28–06
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Joint Program of CFM40 “Fulfilling the Dream” Action Conference
and the National Hip Hop Political Convention (NHHPC)

National Hip Hop Political Convention

July 20 NHHPC opens its convention with civic education workshops and trainings for up and coming young adult leaders across the country.

	Location: Northeastern Illinois University, Inner City Studies

July 23 Living Legends Concert - An intergenerational outdoor concert featuring performers from the movement and today.

	Location: Northeastern Illinois University, Inner City Studies

July 23 Fulfilling the Dream begins / NHHCP ends

Until 3 p.m. NHHPC holds closing assembly

Chicago Freedom Movement 40th Anniversary Commemoration

All conference events will take place at the Harold Washington Cultural Center,
4701 S. King Drive. The official conference hotel is the Ramada Inn Lake Shore Drive, (773) 288–5800. $99 per night. Registration code: Chicago Freedom Movement

Saturday, July 22

1 - 5 p.m. Fulfilling the Dream Bus Tour of CFM Historic Sites
The Chicago History Museum, in partnership with CFM40 and DuSable Museum, is proud to present this tour as part of the CFM40 conference, marking the fortieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s move to Chicago and the effort to desegregate the city and attack economic injustices. Led by veterans of the Chicago Freedom Movement, the tour will explore some of the most significant sites of that era and examine its legacy. Bus leaves from the Chicago History Museum, Clark at North Avenue, with an additional 12:15 p.m. pickup at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren Street. $20 for conference registrants. Register for the tour online at

7:00 p.m. Young Men of Activism Awards Ceremony
Spoken Word Café
Across the street from the Cultural Center.

8:00 p.m. CFM40 Volunteer Appreciation Party - Our warmest thanks to the committee members, volunteers and participants who are making this 40th Commemoration possible. Let’s dance! Spoken Word Café. Across the street from the Cultural Center.

Sunday, July 23

Conference breakout sessions charged with identifying top 3 concerns for
Action Agenda.

11:00 a.m. Freedom Sunday
40th Commemoration Church Service
Friendship Baptist Church
Rev. Shelvin Hall, Pastor
5200 W. Jackson Blvd.

2:00–2:30 p.m. Registration and networking

2:30 - 2:35 p.m. Opening song by vocalist Roberta Thomas

2:35–2:45 p.m. Welcome by Kale Williams and Bernard LaFayette

2:35–2:40 p.m. Invocation by Rev. Willie Barrow (invited)

2:35–2:50 Opening Remarks by Rev. Jeremiah Wright - “The Great Unfinished Work”

2:50–3:30 p.m. Plenary I - Rev. C.T. Vivian - “South to North: The Spirit of the Movement”

3:45 - 5:00 p.m. Plenary II - In Their Own Words: CFM Overview A multi-media presentation featuring people who were on the frontline of the Chicago Freedom Movement in 1965–66. Young people interpret selected readings. Narrated by Rev. Calvin Morris.

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. CFM Opening Reception
Welcome by Alderman Dorothy Tillman. Entertainment by the Merit Music Honors Jazz Ensemble

6:00 p.m. CFM Movement Veteran Roll Call
Former participants of the Chicago Freedom Movement gather for a reunion ceremony and historical photograph.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Evening of Arts and Social Change - Join the flood of artists who will take over the Cultural Center Sunday night to demonstrate and develop creative strategies that promote social change. Rooms will include songwriting and music, visual arts, acting, film, public art, dance, spoken word, written word, graf, digital media, and more. The evening will culminate in showings and performance.

10:00 p.m. to midnight Open Mic Spoken Word @ Spoken Word Café
Across the street from the Cultural Center
Hosted by Aquil and Adam, Crib Collective

Monday, July 24

7:30 a.m. Breakfast Roundtables
- Topics suggested by conference attendees
- Social Justice Curriculum Discussion
- 21st Century Civil Rights (NAACP)

8:00–8:30 a.m. Registration, continental breakfast and networking

8:30–9:00 a.m. Musical opening by the Albany Georgia Freedom Singers

9:00–9:20 a.m. Welcome address by Father Michael Pfleger - “Trapped and Breaking Free”

9:20–10:30 a.m. Plenary III - Significance of the Chicago Freedom Movement w/ introductory remarks by Bernard LaFayette, one of the leaders of the Chicago Freedom Movement.
An intergenerational panel composed of former participants from the movement, young adults, and authors explores the meaning of the CFM and helps attendees reach their own conclusions about the Movement’s place in history and its relevance to the present. Moderated by NBC’s Warner Saunders (invited)

Breakout sessions

10:45 a.m.−12:15 p.m. A) Housing 1) Fair Housing: Old and New Challenges 2) Homelessness Sharing Circle

B) Organizing 101 - The Kingian Philosophy of Nonviolent Direct Action

C) Children, Community, and Social Policy

D) Mass Incarceration and the Throw-Away Generation

12:15–1:00 p.m. Box Lunch - Conference attendees may network, browse the Community Zone, or record their recollections of the CFM.

Plenary IV - 1:15–3:45 p.m.

1:15–1:45 P.M. CFM Mini Documentary - Produced by students at the Al Raby School for Community and Environment featuring oral history interviews with veterans of the 1960s Chicago Freedom Movement and beyond. The students will be on hand to take questions.

1:45–2:15 p.m. The Movement Is Now! by Melissa Harris-Lacewell Assistant Professor of Political Science,
University of Chicago

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Mate Masie (Akan for “I have Seen and I have Kept”)

				Whitney Young High School Spoken Word Group

2:30–2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Youth Activists Meet Movement Veterans - Two panels on stage at the same time; one composed of young organizers, the other of former participants in the Chicago Freedom Movement. The two groups answer the question: What social change strategies are effective and relevant today. Moderated by WVON’s Cliff Kelley.

Breakout sessions

4:00–5:30 p.m. A) No Keys to the Future: Chicago’s Education Crisis
B) Organizing 102 - The Fundamentals of Organizing

C) Expanding the Historical Record: Historians Roundtable

D) Voting Rights

6:00 p.m. Light Dinner

6:30 p.m. Reports of Afternoon Activities

				Citizen Leader and Young Women and Men of Activism 					   Awards 

7:30 p.m. “Everybody Say Freedom”
40th Anniversary Commemoration Concert
Hosted by Khari B
Tickets available online or at the door. Reservations accepted at 312–915–8602
Albany Georgia Freedom Singers
Deep Blue Organ Trio
New York City Welfare Poets

Tuesday, July 25

8:00–9:00 a.m. Breakfast Roundtables
Topics suggested by conference attendees
Media Strategies for Activism Roundtable, facilitated by the Community Media Workshop

9:00–10 a.m. King in Chicago: Reflections on the Movement
Clayborne Carson, King Papers Project, Stanford University
Rev. James Orange, Former Youth Organizer, SCLC
Ne’Keisha Kidd, Mikva Challenge
Rev. Willie Barrow (invited)

Breakout sessions

10:00 a.m.−11:30 p.m. A) Economic Justice for All
1) Making Ends Meet: Struggles of the Working Poor

 2) Business Ownership as a Social Justice Issue

B) Women of the Civil Rights Movement and Today

C) No Human Is Illegal: Immigrant Justice

D) Organizing 103 - Strategies of Chicago‘s Youth Organizing Community

11:45–12:30 p.m. Box Lunch - topic discussions continue

12:30–1:30 p.m. Daughters of Movement Leaders
Sherri Bevel, Katanya Raby, Santita Jackson (invited), Ebony Tillman

Breakout sessions

1:45 - 3:15 p.m. A) Our Sick City: How Can We Make Chicago Well?
1) Organizing for Better Health Care
2) Community Approaches to Preventing
Street Violence - conducted by Ceasefire

B) Organizing 104 - Technology and Activism

C) Impoverished Community: The Cost of War at Home

D) Growing Power! Food and the Community

3:15 - 4:00 p.m. GREAT GOALS: Breakout sessions present final reports/recommendations

4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Plenary VI - United for Action - Rev. Jesse Jackson Today’s Chicago Freedom Movement. Introduced by Cong. Jesse Jackson Jr.

5:30 p.m. Conference adjourns - Action

Freedom School for Youth Organizing at Jones college Prep
606 S. State Street
Tentative Schedule
Wednesday & Thursday, July 26–27, 2006

Wednesday, July 26

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Oppression Analysis
10 am - 11 a.m. Team Building Exercise
11 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 am - 12:15 Social Movements
12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 - 4:30 p.m. The Power of Nonviolent Direct Action

Thursday, July 27

9 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Hip Hop and Social Change
11:00 - 12:30 p.m. Action Planning
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Action planning
4:00–4:30 p.m. Reflections
4:30–6:00 p.m. Action

James Ralph, Author of Northern Protest - Middlebury College
July 26 and 27, 2006, the Newberry Library

Forty years ago, Chicago was the site of the most ambitious northern campaign of the nonviolent civil rights movement. In the fall of 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) forged an alliance with Al Raby and the Coordinating Council of Community Organizations (CCCO) to attack racial inequities in metropolitan Chicago. They focused their energies on pervasive housing discrimination. In late July and August of 1966, Chicago Freedom Movement activists staged marches throughout the Chicago area. The intense reaction of white citizens brought the open-housing marches into the national spotlight and compelled the city’s leadership to seek a resolution to a mounting crisis. On the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement, this seminar will explore why Dr. King and the SCLC selected Chicago as their first major testing ground of nonviolent direct action in the North and the challenges they faced in confronting northern racism. It will also examine why Chicago movement leaders targeted housing discrimination and why they agreed to a settlement when they did. Finally, it will address the conventional assumption that this campaign was a defeat for Dr. King and civil rights forces. Teachers interested in attending this seminar should contact Frank Valadez by telephone at 312–255–3569 or by e-mail at Please include the name of your school and your summer mailing address so seminar books and other materials can be sent to you before the seminar. You will receive confirmation of your registration via e-mail.

CFM40 Pre-conference Activities


November 11 Intergenerational ExCHANGE
Harold Washington College
60 young people and veterans of the Chicago Freedom Movement gather to dialogue, problem solve, and identify urgent community issues as a first step toward action. Participants affiliated with Public Allies, the Al Raby School for Community and Environment, City Colleges of Chicago and more.

December Chicago Freedom Movement (CFM) and the
National Hip Hop Political Action Convention (NHHPC)
form Partnership
With back-to-back meetings in July 2006, the CFM and NHHPC join forces to bring about a movement explosion experience in Chicago. The two groups decide to co-sponsor their events and hold a joint Freedom School for young organizers and an intergenerational Living Legends concert. The Chicago Freedom Movement conference occurs July 23–25 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center; the NHCCP runs from July 19–23 at Chicago State University.


January 11 CFM Youth Committee Convenes
20 Chicago area organizations with a focus on social justice and youth development come together to build on Freedom Movement’s youth activities already underway. The group signifies the beginning of a larger network of youth organizations dedicated to building a renewed movement.

January-February Arts and Culture Spotlight
In recognition of King and Black History Months, metropolitan area arts and culture organizations sponsor exhibits and/ or events related to the Chicago Freedom Movement branded under the name Fulfilling the Dream. Participants include the DuSable Museum, Field Museum, Chicago Historical Society, Little Black Pearl Workshop, Deeply Rooted Dance Company, Young Chicago Authors and many others.

February 8 Taylor Branch Speaks
Author of the acclaimed King Years’ trilogy speaks about his new book At Canaan’s Edge: The King Years 1965–68. The book covers the Chicago Freedom Movement. The event is sponsored by the Chicago Freedom Movement, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and the Community Renewal Society.

March 31 Young Women of Activism Awards
During International Women’s History Month, the Chicago Freedom celebrates the power of women and girls to bring about social change. On Friday, March 31 at the Crib Collective, the Chicago Freedom Movement honored 10 young activist women who are making their voices heard. The Young Men of Activism Awards is coming soon.

April 4 Interfaith Convocation
The Civil Rights Movements has always drawn on faith as an inspirational force for positive social change. In April, members of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist traditions renewed their commitment to work together for economic and social justice.

April 11 National Fair Housing Month
The Fair Housing Act was signed on April 11, 1968, just one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This landmark bill, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, resulted from the hard work and leadership of Dr. King and others in the civil rights movement and was an important step toward confronting discrimination against minorities in housing. As we celebrate the 38th anniversary of this historic legislation, we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that all Americans have equal access to housing.

April 1-July 10 Neighborhood Outreach Initiative
In coordination with CFM40, Chicago organizations take to the streets to take a pulse of community concerns and actions 40 years after the Chicago Freedom movement and to invite participation in FTD activities.

April 21 ”The Significance of the Chicago Freedom Movement: Reflections on its Fortieth Anniversary,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Panelists: Mary Lou Finley, Jim Ralph, Elbert Ransom, and Kale Williams

April 29 CFM40 Co-sponsors Tavis Smiley Book Event

				His new book published by Third World Press is called “A 					Convenant with Black America.” Haki Madhubuti of Third 					World Press will discuss it and hold panel discussions on 					community issues including education and housing.  T.J. 					Crawford of the National Hip Hop Political Convention will 					be the young adult speaker.

June 12 Rainbow/PUSH Annual Convention

				The Significance of the Chicago Freedom Movement
				Hyatt Regency O’Hare
				Panelists: Rev. Jesse Jackson; students Quincy Williams and 					Kevin Brown; Rev. Willie Barrow; Gary Massoni; Cheli Oswald

June 15 CFM40 Co-sponsors Kathy Emery Event, an expert in Freedom School curricula, speaks at Roosevelt University at the request of the new Chicago Freedom School, scheduled to open Summer 2007

July 22 Young Men of Activism Awards

				7:00 p.m. at Spoken word Café
				Across the street from the Harold Washington Cultural Center

December 2005 Progress Report
scott @ Wed, 2006–01–18 12:43


The Chicago Freedom Movement
The Chicago Freedom Movement, the most ambitious civil rights campaign in the North, lasted from mid-1965 to early 1967. It represented the alliance of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Coordinating Council of Community Organizations (CCCO). In 1965, SCLC, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., was looking for a site to prove that nonviolent direct action could bring about social change outside of the South. Since 1962, the CCCO, a coalition of local civil rights and community groups, had responded to rising anger over racial inequality, especially in the public schools, in the city of Chicago to build the most sustained local civil rights movement in the North. The activism of the CCCO pulled SCLC to Chicago as did the work of Bernard LaFayette and James Bevel, two veterans of the southern civil rights movement, on the city’s west side.

The Chicago Freedom Movement declared its intention to end slums in the city. It organized tenants unions, assumed control of a slum tenement, founded action groups like Operation Breadbasket, and rallied black and white Chicagoans to support its goals. In the early summer of 1966, it focused its attention on housing discrimination. By late July it was staging regular marches into all-white neighborhoods on the city’s southwest and northwest sides. The hostile response of white residents and the determination of civil rights activists to continue to crusade for open housing alarmed City Hall and attracted the attention of the national press. In mid-August, high-level negotiations began between city leaders, movement activists, and representatives of the Chicago Real Estate Board. On August 26, after the Chicago Freedom Movement had declared that it would march into Cicero , site of a fierce race riot in 1951, an agreement, consisting of positive steps to open up housing opportunities in metropolitan Chicago , was reached.

The Summit Agreement was the culmination of months of organizing and direct action. It did not, however, satisfy all activists, some of whom, in early September 1966, marched on Cicero . Furthermore, after the open-housing marches, the Chicago Freedom Movement lost its focus and momentum. By early 1967, Martin Luther King and SCLC had decided to train their energies on other targets, thus marking the end of this striking campaign.

The Chicago Freedom Movement helped train a spotlight on housing discrimination and thus shaped national debate that led to the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968. And a number of new organizations-such as the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, Operation Breadbasket (later Rainbow/PUSH Coalition), and the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities)-continued to fight against racial injustice.

The first half of “Two Societies, 1965–1968,” Eyes on the Prize II (Alexandria, VA: PBS Video, 1990) offers a fine visual overview of the Chicago Freedom Movement.

Historical Questions for History Fair Students to consider:
Given its significance locally and nationally, the Chicago Freedom Movement deserves to be re-examined, especially on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. Below are some questions (though certainly not all) that could be addressed in research projects:

Historians have typically labeled the Chicago campaign a defeat for Martin Luther King and civil rights forces. To what extent is this assessment warranted? What was accomplished by the Chicago Freedom Movement? How did the Chicago Freedom Movement shape the subsequent history of the Chicago metropolitan region? What were its national repercussions?

The Chicago Freedom Movement involved many of Chicago ‘s communities. Chicago activists organized, for instance, in East Garfield Park and Lawndale . What was the status of these communities at the onset of Chicago Freedom Movement organizing? How were these communities affected by the Chicago Freedom Movement? Alternatively, there is a need to understand the response of the local communities (such as Chicago Lawn, Jefferson Park , Belmont-Cragin, and Evergreen Park ) where open-housing marches took place. The Local Community Fact Book for 1960 and 1970 offers socio-economic profiles of individual communities in metropolitan Chicago.

Martin Luther King, Jr., and his supporters knew that protests did not occur in isolation. The marches in Chicago were covered by local and national newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations. Did local coverage differ substantively from national coverage? If so, how and why? Did the coverage by more specialized outlets (such as the Chicago Defender or the New World, the Catholic newspaper) differ? If so, how and why?

The Chicago Freedom Movement placed the issue of equal opportunity in housing squarely before residents in metropolitan Chicago and across the country. How did individual communities throughout greater Chicago respond to the call for fair housing?

The Chicago Freedom Movement took place in a pivotal moment in American history. How did this broader context shape the Chicago Freedom Movement, and vice versa? Did the Black Power impulse, for instance, affect the Chicago Freedom Movement? What about the debate over the federal Civil Rights bill of 1966? How did the Chicago Freedom Movement relate to the broadly discussed phenomenon of “white backlash”?
Primary Sources:
Newspapers: The Chicago Public Library (especially the Harold Washington and Carter G. Woodson libraries) and the Chicago Historical Society (as does the Daley Library at the University of Illinois/Chicago) house microfilm collections of many of Chicago’s newspapers. Many local college and university libraries also have back files of the New York Times and other national newspapers. Remember too that other smaller local newspapers such as the New Crusader, the Southwest News-Herald, the Southtown Economist also covered the Chicago Freedom Movement.

Manuscript Collections: One of the most fascinating ways to examine the past is to consult manuscripts. There are many repositories in metropolitan Chicago that have collections that relate to the Chicago Freedom Movement. The Chicago Historical Society possesses the records of Chicago CORE and the Chicago Catholic Interracial Council (two of the leading members of the CCCO), the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities (an outgrowth of the Summit Agreement of August 1966), and the Chicago Conference on Religion and Race (a group that helped broker the Summit Agreement), along with those of many other relevant individuals and organizations. The Special Collections at the Daley Library of the University of Illinois/Chicago houses the papers of the Chicago Urban League and many smaller collections, including materials related to James Bevel’s work in Chicago.

Important collections are available in print: David Garrow’s edited volume, Chicago 1966 (Brooklyn: Carlson Publishing, 1989) and Clayborne Carson et al.’s edited volume, The Eyes on the Prize: Civil Rights Leader (New York: Penguin, 1991). The FBI’s files on Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference are available on microfilm, but they should be used with care.

The website, , that has been created as part of Fulfilling the Dream, the Chicago Freedom Movement, Fortieth Anniversary, 1966–2006, commemoration features primary sources as well.

Oral Histories: One way to come to terms with the lived experience of the Chicago Freedom Movement is through oral histories. A researcher could learn a great deal about the Chicago Freedom Movement by speaking with someone who was either involved in the Chicago campaign or who witnessed or was affected by it. Kale Williams of Loyola University’s Center for Urban Research and Learning is an excellent contact person.

Existing oral histories can also be consulted. The Chicago Historical Society holds a collection that was developed in the 1980s as part of a project sponsored by the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities. Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer’s edited volume, Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s (New York: Bantam: 1989) includes some interviews about the Chicago Freedom Movement.

There are also some valuable accounts written by participants. See, for instance, Ralph Abernathy’s And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: An Autobiography (New York: Harper & Row, 1989), Coretta Scott King’s My Life With Martin Luther King, Jr. (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969); Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (New York: Harper & Row, 1967); Dempsey Travis’s An Autobiography of Black Politics (Chicago: Urban Research Press, 1987); and Andrew Young’s An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America (New York: HarperCollins, 1996).

Selected Bibliography

Anderson, Alan B., and George W. Pickering. Confronting the Color Line: The Broken Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago. Athens : University of Georgia Press , 1986.

Garrow, David J. Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. New York: William Morrow and Co., 1986.

Hirsch, Arnold. Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940–1960. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983

Lemann, Nicholas. The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How it Changed America. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1991.

Ling, Peter J. Martin Luther King, Jr. London: Routledge, 2002.

Matusow, Allen J. The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s. New York: Harper & Row, 1984.

McGreevy, John T. Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth-Century Urban North. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Ralph, James, Jr. Northern Protest: Martin Luther King, Jr., Chicago, and the Civil Rights Movement. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993.

Prepared by James Ralph Jr., Department of History, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, 05753; August 2005

Progress Report December, 2005

About a month before our first event on January 14, 2006, and seven months before our conference, July 24–26, 2006, this will bring all our participants and supporters up-to date. More information is on the web at

Major Events and Activities

> On November 7, 2005, the National Conference on Community and Justice (NCCJ) hosted an interfaith breakfast for clergy who were involved in the Chicago Freedom Movement to invite their participation and suggestions for expanding the participation of religious leaders and institutions.

> An intergenerational exchange on November 11 attracted 60 high school and college students to gather the attendees’ experiences and views in the areas of social justice, language and music to further mutual understanding and support for ongoing movement building work.

> January 14: Martin Luther King annual breakfast on King’s birthday anniversary sponsored by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will Martin Luther King III.

> February: Arts and cultural organizations will sponsor exhibits and/or events related to the Chicago Freedom Movement. (See attached list)

> April 4: An inter-religious convocation will address the legacy and current relevance of the Chicago Freedom Movement and Martin Luther King and Al Raby, its co-leaders.

> July 23–27: A conference will address the history of the 1965–66 period, but will emphasize current racial and ethnic discrimination and segregation and current and future efforts to address them. The recruiting for the conference will be designed to attract at least half of the participants from teen-agers and young adults.


> A web-site,, provides historical background of the Chicago Freedom Movement and current information about the 2006 activities.

> Students of Al Raby High School are collecting oral histories from participants and observers of the 1966 events. These will be supplemented by autobiographical histories from those not available for interviews in Chicago. A mini-documentary will be produced which will be shown at the FTD conference

> Facing History and the Newberry Library will develop curricula and train history teachers on the Freedom Movement for use in Chicago Public Schools.

> Photographs and videos that document the Freedom Movement are being collected and will be displayed at the conference.

> Bus tours to sites in Chicago neighborhoods relevant to the Freedom Movement and to current racial segregation are planned for May and July.

> A musical concert, ranging from the music of the slave period, through the folk music of the Freedom Movement and up to present day hip-hop, will follow the July bus tour.

> The Poverty and Race Research and Action Council (PRRAC) of Washington, DC, has published a concise description and overview of Chicago Freedom Movement of the 1960s, noting that this was the first northern campaign of the Southern Christian Leadership Council and the first major civil rights campaign focused on racial segregation in housing.

> The Chicago Tribune is preparing a feature story on the Freedom Movement history and current activities for publication in their Sunday magazine in January, 2006.

> Veterans and historians of the Chicago Freedom Movement will present one session at the annual conference of the Organization of American Historians in Washington DC on April 20, 2006.


> Two highly experienced event planning consultants, Jennifer Amdur-Spitz and Pam Smith, are engaged part-time in helping design and implementing this project.

> Financial support from individuals and foundations of $86,000 has been received or pledged. Fund-raising is continuing with an overall target of $220,000.

> In addition to its financial contributions, the Center for Urban Research and Learning of Loyola University Chicago provides part-time professional staff, Aparna Sharma, and student support for the project.

> Two public relations agencies, Jascula/Terman and Weber Shandwick, are assisting to obtain corporate sponsorships and are providing pro bono services to gain public attention for the Freedom Movement Commemoration.

> The National Fair Housing Alliance has provided funding and will use its national networks to promote attendance at the conference.

*National Conference on Community and Justice

*City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
*Al Raby High School
*Facing History
*Newberry Library?
*Poverty and Race Research and Action Council?
*Chicago Tribune, Jan. 2006?
*Bus Tours?
*Organization of American Historians?
The Center for Urban Research and Learning of Loyola University Chicago?
*Aparna Sharma,? part-time professional staff of CURL
*Jennifer Amdur-Spitz? and Pam Smith,? event planning consultants, part-time

National Fair Housing Alliance?

Letters Sent to Advance This Cause

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