Today, April 4th, marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Here at HSPRD we commemorate the legacy of Dr. King. We are proud to exhibit rarely seen color photos of Dr. King from 1965-1966, as he organized, marched and spoke at Soldier Field, Marquette Park, Grant Park, and in front of City Hall during the Chicago Freedom Movement, which advocated for open housing, economic justice, and an end to de facto segregation in education and employment, challenging systemic racial segregation in Chicago and its suburbs. See here.
Several color photographs of Dr. King in Chicago, from a collection of more than 50 taken by Bernard J. Kleina, hang on the walls in HSPRD’s offices. These photos are a reminder of the history and continuing need to fight for the issues raised by the civil rights movement. Mr. Kleina hopes that “the photos should encourage us not to look back at where we have been, but also to reflect on the challenges we face and the direction we are taking as a Nation.”