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On This Day in Chicago History: MLK Visits the Century of Negro Progress Exhibition

Daniel Hautzinger

Sixty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. visited a Century of Negro Progress Exhibition in Chicago. The event celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and featured a stage show by Duke Ellington.

Eight Things to Watch and Read on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Daniel Hautzinger

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, and his birthday is honored as a federal holiday. Celebrate the civil rights hero in a variety of stories about his legacy, time in Chicago, and more. 

Martin Luther King and Fair Housing in Chicago

Daniel Hautzinger

50 years ago, on April 11, 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act. Martin Luther King, Jr. had come to Chicago in 1966 for his first campaign outside the South to advocate for fair housing, but it took the riots caused by his assassination for the bill to be passed.

From the Archive: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Widow Coretta Scott King

Daniel Hautzinger

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, listen to the woman who helped make the civil rights leader's birthday a federal holiday, as Coretta Scott King discusses her husband's sense of humor and legacy, as well as the structural problems undergirding racism.

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