Good morning, Chicago.
Fifty-seven years ago this month, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. moved to Chicago with plans to target public and private institutions that “have created infamous slum conditions directly responsible for the involuntary enslavement of millions of Black men, women and children.”
Yet for generations of Chicagoans born after King’s murder in 1968, the civil rights leader may be more recognizable for the national holiday named in his honor than for his leadership of what he called the first significant freedom movement in the North.
Local author Jonathan Eig — who has profiled Muhammad Ali, Al Capone, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig and the birth control pill — took on King’s story for his next book, “King: A Life,” which will be released May 16. Signed copies can be purchased through Unabridged Books.
“We forget that King really did challenge us to rethink the whole structure of American society and was pushing us to really go farther,” Eig said. “He was a lot more radical and a lot more courageous than we give him credit for.”
Read the full story by Kori Rumore.
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