On 50th Anniversary, New Photos Shed Light on Tumult of Chicago DNC

By the summer of 1968, a number of astonishing events had already ensured that the year would be remembered: the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the escalating war in Vietnam, the Prague Spring, and widespread student walkouts and riots.

And then came the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

  • Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

    Grant Park, 1968 (Courtesy Al Lieberman)

Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of that fateful gathering. There were many photographers there, but two Chicagoans captured images that are only now being seen for the first time.

We meet with photographers Al Lieberman and K. Kofi Moyo to learn what they witnessed.

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“Scenes of Resistance in 1968 Chicago by K. Kofi Moyo” is on view through Sept. 7 at the Research House for Asian Art, 3217 S. Morgan St. For more information, visit Co-Prosperity Sphere


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