Martin Luther King Chicago News Clippings

Martin Luther King Chicago News Clippings

Collection Number: 
153
Geographic Coverage: 
Chicago, IL
Period: 
1968

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and an iconic figure in the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 60s. Beginning with the 1955 as a leader of the Mongomery, Alabama bus boycott and culminating with his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, Dr. King was both a figurehead and a foot soldier in the struggle for equal rights for black Americans. His most famous speech was his "I Have a Dream" speech, given before hundreds of thousands of marchers on the National Mall in Washington, DC. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and was lauded with other honors even after his death.

The items in this collection consist mainly of clippings from Chicago newspapers shortly after King's assassination.