When Martin Luther King visited Chicago, the reception was cold

When Martin Luther King visited Chicago, the reception was cold

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King had faced violence before. But this time, he wasn't in the Jim Crow South. He was in Chicago.

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2018 – In August of 1966, during summer’s city heat, Martin Luther King received a stone cold reception in Chicago.

The Los Angeles Times writes:

As the nation marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, many will hail signature moments from earlier in his career, such as the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955 and 1956, and the “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.

Less likely to be celebrated: King’s battle against economic inequality, which historians say improved conditions for some black Chicagoans, but not all.


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