Long-awaited meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mayor Richard J. Daley took place in the City Hall Thursday, March 24, 1966. Others include the Most Rev. John P. Cody (left), archbishop of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Chicago; and (flanking Dr. King) Bishop Joseph Gomez of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Albert Raby, convener of the Co-ordinating Council of Community Organizations. Next to Raby is the Rev. Shelvin Hall. // Chicago Sun-Times Library File Photo
Tomorrow, April 4, is the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. While there have been countless memorials, and are sure to be more, it's always interesting to look back at the time King spent in Chicago fighting school segregation and open-housing issues. Fighting backlash from whites and a City Hall that offered mostly lip service in its motivations to compromise with him, King's tenure in Chicago was tumultuous and something so complex and important, I don't trust myself to be able to fully relate its importance. But others have done a far better job than I could: Whet Moser at Chicago Magazine and WTTW have excellent takes on King's time in our city that are well worth seeking out for more on the man.
As for me, I'll simply share more videos and photos from the Sun-Times archives highlighting King's time in the city.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from a July, 1966 photo by John Tweedle, photographer with the Chicago Sun-Times when Dr. King gave a speech at Soldier Field.
More photos after the jump.
MAHALIA JACKSON, MAYOR RICHARD J. DALEY (CENTER) REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND REV. RALPH ABERNATHY. SUN-TIMES FILES (1963)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from a January 27, 1966 photo by Pete Peters, photographer with the Chicago Sun-Times when Dr. King shared lunch at Spliven's Grill on West 16th St. with (left to Right) Albert Raby, convener of the Co-ordinating Council of Community Organizations, King himself, and an unidentified neighborhood minister who paused at the table to welcome Dr. King.
Anti-integrationists picket in Winnetka prior to the arrival of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. White Fight (photo by Mickey Rito July 25 1965)
Marquette Park, Chicago 8-5-1966 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., before he was hit by debris thrown by the crowd. (Sun-Times by Larry Nocerino)
August, 1966 in Chicago of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. squats down after being hit with a rock while leading a demonstration in Chicago.
National Guardsman aims his rifle on West Madison Street during riots following the Memphis assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. King Assassination Riots (photo by Duane Hall April 6 1968)