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When MLK Moved to Chicago

Today is the 50th anniversary of the day the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. established residency in Chicago. Joining us first is author Mary Lou Finley who was with the civil rights leader during his time in Chicago. Finley discusses King’s work and his fight against poverty. Then we play a few segments from Dr. King's visit to WVON, one of the nation’s premier African-American-owned talk radio stations in 1966. King spent more than 20 minutes answering questions on owner and host Wesley South’s call-in show called “Hotline.” Most bear striking similarities to the criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement. Finally, we are joined by Damon Williams, co-director of Let Us Breathe Collective and co-chair of Black Youth Project 100 Chicago. He’ll talk about the MLK teach-in he led and the impact of the Chicago Freedom Movement decades later. Read and listen to Linda Lutton's story Dr. King here: http://www.wbez.org/news/fifty-years-ago-today-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-gets-chicago-address-114607

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