MLK's Chicago Freedom Movement

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Prepare to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with photographer Bernard Kleina, whose rare and historic color photography exhibit, MLK's Chicago Freedom Movement, is on display during January in the library’s Arts & Culture Center.

In his presentation, The Road to Freedom, Mr. Kleina will discuss his experiences while he captured MLK’s Chicago visit and marches on film, and both the ugliness and beauty of the responses to the local struggle for fair and open housing, which continues today. He will review where our country was, and is now, in terms of justice and equality. 

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute said “These photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Chicago in 1966, are some of the first color photographs that the world saw of Dr. King. Mr. Kleina captured one of the most violent missions Dr. King undertook and it wasn't in the Deep South.” 

In partnership with the City of Wheaton Community Relations Commission and Wheaton League of Women Voters.



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