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Martin Luther King's legacy — and 1965 visit to northern Illinois

Martin Luther King's legacy — and 1965 visit to northern Illinois

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy is important, and also complex, symbolized by events in northern Illinois a half-century ago. On July 25, 1965, he delivered an address on the Winnetka Village Green to a sizable, sympathetic audience. In 1966, he returned to Chicago to press for housing desegregation. This visit was punctuated by occasional violence and other ugly incidents. Ultimately King judged that effort a failure, and acknowledged Mayor Richard J. Daley had outmaneuvered him. King always understood pursuing racial equality was a tough road. Initially, he was reluctant to lead beyond his local community, sensing the crusade might ultimately cost his life. Nonetheless,...

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