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“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & the Chicago Freedom Movement: Photographs by Bernard J. Kleina

Will be in the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Vann Gallery, from July 26 - December 31, 2016.
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Book: The Chicago Freedom Movement

Per "Six months after the Selma to Montgomery marches and just weeks after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a group from Martin Luther King Jr.'s staff arrived in Chicago, eager to apply his nonviolent approach to social change in a northern city. Once there, King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) joined the locally based Coordinating Council of Community Organizations (CCCO) to form the Chicago Freedom Movement. The open housing demonstrations they organized eventually resulted in a controversial agreement with Mayor Richard J. Daley and other city leaders, the fallout of which has historically led some to conclude that the movement was largely ineffective."

"In this important volume, an eminent team of scholars and activists offer an alternative assessment of the Chicago Freedom Movement's impact on race relations and social justice, both in the city and across the nation. Building upon recent works, the contributors reexamine the movement and illuminate its lasting contributions in order to challenge conventional perceptions that have underestimated its impressive legacy."

As can be seen, the cover of the book has two of Bernard Kleina's photographs, and many of his photos are in the book itself.

The book is available at and at various book stores.

Book: Civil Rights The Promise of Equality

By National Museum of African American History and Culture (Photographer), Lonnie G. Bunch III (Foreword), John Lewis (Contributor), Bryan Stevenson (Contributor)

Per "Volume 2 of Double Exposure commemorates the ongoing fight to fulfil the promise of freedom and equality for all American citizens, from the Civil War and Reconstruction to the present. It features powerful images from, for example, Leonard Freed's series, Black in White America, Ernest C. Withers's photographs of the Sanitation Workers' Solidarity March in Nashville, and Charles Moore's documentation of police brutality during the 1963 Birmingham Childrens' Crusade."