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Dr. Martin Luther King and the Chicago Freedom Movement

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Affixing demands to Chicago City Hall

Photograph by John Tweedle, courtesy of Dianne Tweedle.

The march ended when the list of demands was nailed to the door of Chicago's City Hall. The demands were far reaching and included having real estate brokers make all listings public and banks make public statements of non-discriminatory mortgage policies. The city was to release a head count of all blacks, whites and Latin Americans in all city departments and for all firms from which city purchases were made. It was also to create a citizen review board for police brutality and unwarranted search and seizure cases. Addressing the issue of the slums were demands to pass an ordinance that would give the public access to names of property owners and investors in slum areas and increase the garbage collection, street cleaning and building inspections there. Demands directed at the Chicago Housing Authority included rehabilitating existing public housing, adding day care centers, and increasing the amount of scattered low cost housing for low and middle income families. The federal government was to raise the minimum wage to $2.00 per hour, pass the 1966 Civil Rights Act, enforce Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and monitor the non-discriminatory granting of loans by FDIC member banks.

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