The Evolution of the Chicago Machine and Black Politics
Time & Location
About the Event
On July 10, 1966, nearly 30,000 people gathered at Soldier Field to hear Martin Luther King's speech, on what came to be known as Freedom Sunday:
"This day we must declare our own Emancipation Proclamation. This day we must commit ourselves to make any sacrifice necessary to change Chicago. This day we must decide to fill up the jails of Chicago, if necessary, in order to end slums.
"This day we must decide to register every negro in Chicago of voting age before the municipal election. This day we must decide that our votes will determine who will be the mayor of Chicago next year.
"This day, henceforth and forever more, we must make it clear that we will purge Chicago of every politician, whether he be negro or white, who feels that he owns the negro vote rather than earns the negro vote."
They still think they own it. They don't.
Panel discussion - free and open to the public
Hon. David Orr - former Cook County Clerk, Chair Good Government PAC
Hon. Litesa Wallace - former Representative IL-67, Deputy Director Human Services, City of Rockford
Jay Young - Political Director, Common Cause Illinois
Moderator - Sameena Mustafa - Host, To the Left