Legacies: Three Trailblazers

Three Point Tour of Civil Rights in Chicago

Legacies: Three Trailblazers

Chicago, Illinois 60614, United States

Created By: Cru Chicago

Tour Information

This tour is designed to give a context to the city in which we live and move around every day. The city of Chicago has a long and rich history. Like all history, it can be examined from many angles and through many lenses. On this occasion, we will limit our focus to the ongoing fight for civil rights on behalf of African American people in Chicago. Though the American Civil Rights movement is generally narrowly defined as having taken place between 1954 and 1968, we will look at events significant to this struggle reaching back to the anti-lynching crusade through the Black Panther Party.

Our tour seeks to give background by highlighting events that occurred here in Chicago. Though these events all had implications and impact far beyond this locale, we are focusing on sites that we might drive past on a daily basis without ever knowing what took place there. Chicago is a diverse city with a complex and layered history— so many stories of the many peoples of Chicago could be highlighted. However, in this tour, we will limit ourselves to this particular slice of history.

Several videos are meant to be watched along the way to give fuller background and history, though honestly, we will just be skimming the surface! There are a variety of sources for these videos and all have been cited so that you can look into these matters further. Here are the sites that will be visited:

1.The Light of Truth: Ida B. Wells National Monument, 3729 S Langley Ave

2. Dr. Martin Luther King’s North Lawndale Home, 2337 W Monroe Street

3. Fred Hampton Pool, 200 S 3rd Ave

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What You'll See on the Tour

PLAY VIDEO The staging of the 1893 Columbia Exposition World’s Fair was the occasion for famed justice-crusader Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s move to Chicago. Wells, along with the prominent former professional abolitionist Frederick Douglass,... Read more
PLAY VIDEO This is the location of the house where Dr. King moved his family in January of 1966. He joined what would be called the Chicago Freedom Movement to fight against housing inequality. From the website: https://kinginstitute.stanf... Read more
PLAY VIDEO In December of 1969, 21-year-old leader of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, Fred Hampton, was shot by a raid conducted jointly by the Chicago Police Department and the FBI. Hampton was raised in suburban Maywood a... Read more


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