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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago

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We celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday and remember a man with many Chicago connections.

Why it matters: It’s been 56 years since King moved to Chicago as part of the Chicago Freedom Movement to protest housing inequality.

Driving the news: There are a handful of activists and advocates who spent time with King who are still living in Chicago today. Here are just a few:

Rev. Jesse Jackson: Jackson was arguably the most influential and powerful in King’s inner circle, he was with him in 1968 when he was murdered in Memphis.

  • Must see: The Hulu documentary “Summer of Soul” shows Jackson on stage in 1969 and tells the story of the assassination just a few months after it happened.

Dorothy Tillman: The legendary Chicago City Council served for 22 years. Before that, she was a civil rights activist who marched with King in Chicago.

Tail. Danny Davis: The West Side Congressman was right on King’s side during the 1966 Freedom Movement. Since 1979 he has been fighting for affordable housing in a number of political jobs.

  • Trivia: With the resignation of Bobby Rush, Davis will become the longest-serving congressman in Illinois (if he wins re-election).

Carol Moseley Brown: As a young girl, Moseley Braun marched with King in Gage Park.

  • She later became a representative of the State of Illinois and was the first black woman to sit in the US Senate.

Bernard Kleina: The photographer documented King’s time here, including a march in Marquette Park when the Chicagoans hit him with stones.

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