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This day in Black History!

01/16/2013 11:25

With the arrival of Black History Month only weeks away we thought we'd commemorate some of the most influential people in Black History. Every day of the year is a good day to remember what people have done to promote equality and justice throughout history. On January 17th in 1966, Martin Luther King Jr. opened the Chicago Freedom Movement in Chicago. This campaign marked the expansion of their civil rights activities from the South to northern cities. King believed that ‘‘the moral force of SCLC’s nonviolent movement philosophy was needed to help eradicate a vicious system which seeks to further colonize thousands of Negroes within a slum environment’’ King captured national headlines when he moved his family into a run-down apartment in the West Side ghetto. It was not until June that King and his advisors, under pressure to produce results, settled on a focus for the Chicago movement. King himself participated in two dramatic marches into all-white neighborhoods during a two-month open-housing campaign during the summer of 1966. These fair-housing protests brought real estate, political, business, and religious leaders to the conference table for “summit” negotiations. In late August, Martin Luther King and Mayor Richard J. Daley announced that an agreement had been reached: the marches would stop, while city leaders promised to promote fair housing. King hoped that the “summit” accord would be an important step toward making Chicago an open city, but black militants denounced the settlement and the Daley administration never fulfilled its promises. This Black History Month you can celebrate people like Martin Luther King Jr. with a Black History Month T-Shirt. You can see these online and pick your size here

Black History Month T-Shirt featuring Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and more!

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