1960s civil rights movement in Chicago: A photo history

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CHICAGO –WGN is commemorating some of history’s top moments and figures in a new archive.

In the 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders gripped the nation during the U.S. civil rights movement — including right here in Chicago. Explore some of the highlights in the timeless images below.

Martin Luther King Jr. waves at a crowd of 35,000 at Soldier Field on July 10, 1966.

Martin Luther King Jr. waves at a crowd of 35,000 at Soldier Field on July 10, 1966.

A WGN camera films the 35,000 people attending the freedom rally at Soldier Field held by MLK on July 10, 1966.

A WGN camera films the 35,000 people attending the freedom rally at Soldier Field held by MLK on July 10, 1966.

About 35,000 people of all colors gathered at Soldier Field to see MLK on July 10, 1966.

About 35,000 people of all colors gathered at Soldier Field to see MLK on July 10, 1966.

Martin Luther King Jr. at a Chicago Headline Club event in 1966. During the event he announced plans to stir up “righteous trouble” in some of the big U.S. cities that summer.

Martin Luther King Jr. at a Chicago Headline Club event in 1966. During the event he announced plans to stir up “righteous trouble” in some of the big U.S. cities that summer.

MLK, with his wife Coretta by his side, recites the pledge of allegiance at Soldier Field on July 10, 1966.

MLK, with his wife Coretta by his side, recites the pledge of allegiance at Soldier Field on July 10, 1966.

Chicago Freedom Movement marchers walk with linked arms in downtown Chicago during the summer of 1966.

Chicago Freedom Movement marchers walk with linked arms in downtown Chicago during the summer of 1966.

Civil rights activists demonstrate in front a real estate office to protest housing discrimination in Chicago during the summer of 1966.

Civil rights activists demonstrate in front a real estate office to protest housing discrimination in Chicago during the summer of 1966.

MLK speaks to a crowd of hundreds at Grant Park. Says, “Chicago is no Jerusalem on Lake Michigan.”

MLK speaks to a crowd of hundreds at Grant Park. King said, “Chicago is no Jerusalem on Lake Michigan.”

hicago civil rights leader talks to a WGN reporter about the marches and demonstrations held in the summer of 1966

Chicago civil rights leader Al Raby talks to a WGN reporter about the marches and demonstrations held in the summer of 1966.

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  • Florine Camelin

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