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Exhibits for February, 2010
Main exhibit case and library lobby:
“The Chicago Freedom Movement, 1965-1966″
A Photographic Exhibit
After the march from Selma to Montgomery and passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the civil rights movement did not die; only its focus and objectives changed. National leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Al Raby, Ralph Abernathy, Bill Berry and others, turned their attention to ghettos, poverty, racial segregation, hunger and all of the other challenges plaguing Northern cities such as Chicago.
In Chicago in 1965 and 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders focused the civil rights movement on open housing. Thousands of people participated in the marches and rallies in Soldier Field, Marquette Park, Grant Park and in front of Chicago City Hall. These demonstrations are now known as the Chicago Freedom Movement.
This was the first large scale fair housing campaign in the country and the most ambitious civil rights campaign in the North. It placed the issue of equal opportunity in housing not just before the people of Chicago, but also before the Nation.
Bernard Kleina’s rarely seen color photographs document the 1965-1966 Freedom Movement’s peaceful demonstrations’ call for open housing. The exhibit celebrates the efforts of Dr. King and other civil rights leaders and includes images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Coretta Scott-King; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; former UN Ambassador, Andrew Young; comedian activist, Dick Gregory; gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson; and Rev. Ralph Abernathy, as well as thousands of peaceful demonstrators involved in these historic rallies and marches. The photographs also capture many of those who attempted to disrupt these peaceful marches.
For more information on this Chicago Freedom Movement exhibit, contact HOPE Fair Housing Center at 630-690-6500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This exhibit is sponsored by the College of DuPage African Studies Committee. For more information about the exhibit contact Cynthia Johnson in Community Development at 630-942-3872.
Upstairs display cubes:
Ceramics by College of DuPage ceramics students
For more information about exhibiting your work in the library, see the Library Exhibit Policy or contact Rebecca Cremin, Library Coordinator, at (630) 942-2978.