Civil RIghts Comic

Civil RIghts Comic

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  • After Reconstruction in the late 1800's, laws called Jim Crow laws were passed around the country, to legally discriminate against African-Americans. As a result of these laws redlining came into place. Redlining was a system where banks and brokers would not sell houses to African-Americans in certain "white" neighborhoods.
  • White-Only Neigborhood
  • In spring of 1966, Martin Luther King Jr. moved into the slums of Chicago with his family with on goal in mind, to end redlining and discrimination in general. King along with Al Raby founded the Chicago Freedom Movement (CFM), an organization to facilitate their goal. However even with a peaceful plan, King still faced opposition from the most powerful man in Chicago.
  • I'm going to end this discrimination!
  • Out of everyone against him, King faced the most opposition from Mayor Richard J. Daley. Mayor Daley called King and the other activists troublemakers and refused to communicate with King. He even denied the existence of slums in the city.
  • I won't let these Negro troublemakers ruin my city!
  • Then in the summer of 1966, King began leading protests throughout the city. However, these protests were met with some of the most violent opposition that protesters had seen and King even had a rock thrown at his head.
  • End discrimination in Chicago!
  • Oh no! Are you okay Dr.King?
  • Take that you negroes!
  • Finally, at the end of summer, Daley agreed to the CFM's plans due to increased pressure by the media after the violent attacks on protestors. The CFM and Daley created a 10 point plan to support open housing that worked with Commonwealth Edison, local banks, the real estate board, and Cook County. After much hard work, King had created a much more equal housing market.
  • I'm glad you've joined our side, Mayor Daley
  • This event was successful due to nonviolence because when the protesters were attacked even though they didn't harm anyone else, a lot of bad publicity started to fall on the Chicago government. This caused Mayor Daley to help integrate and equalize the laws to be nondiscriminatory.
  • "Nonviolence is not inaction. It is not discussion. Nonviolence is hard work."-Cesar Chavez
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