What happened when Dr. King came to Chicago in 1966

MLK in Chicago
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a rally for Concerned Parents and Teachers of Jenner School at the Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church, Chicago, Illinois, Feb. 23, 1966. Chicago Sun-Times Collection, Chicago History Museum
MLK in Chicago
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a rally for Concerned Parents and Teachers of Jenner School at the Wayman African Methodist Episcopal Church, Chicago, Illinois, Feb. 23, 1966. Chicago Sun-Times Collection, Chicago History Museum

What happened when Dr. King came to Chicago in 1966

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When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Chicago in 1966 to push for improved housing conditions for the city’s African-American population, he was confronted by a city in the grip of segregation and found a formidable antagonist in Mayor Richard J. Daley. Framed by many historians as a stalemate, Dr. King’s time in Chicago was fraught with violence and he would leave the city without a clear victory. Local historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas and WBEZ’s Lisa Labuz look back on King’s time in Chicago, the relationships he formed here and his struggle to bring change to the city.