Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day in the United States — the day we commemorate the birthday, life, and work of prominent African-American civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
What many people don’t know, however, is that in the mid-60s, King began turning his attention northward to metropolises such as Chicago, where many African-Americans had moved to escape Jim Crow.
In these cities, blacks faced a number of issues, namely housing and job inequality — something King became focused on and passionate about as evidenced with the launch of the Poor People’s Campaign the year before his death.
Over the course of the year, King and SCLC activists held city-wide rallies, planned demonstrations in front of real estate brokerages and marched into Chicago’s all-white neighborhoods, which were met with violent reactions from the city’s white residents.
Historians say King’s Chicago Open Housing Movement laid the groundwork for the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which ensures that all Americans have access to equal housing opportunities and outlaws discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status.
Although the Fair Housing Act has improved the living conditions of Americans, many readily point out there is still much work to be done ✅. We have to continue in the legacy of MLK. You can have the “ American Dream”. ~Carole Webb ~
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