MLK Once Called it Home. How North Lawndale is Coping with Racial Injustice Today


Chicago is an important city in the history of segregation, race relations and civil rights. In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Chicago to protest against discriminatory housing practices.

He settled in the West Side neighborhood of North Lawndale.

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Following King’s assassination in 1968, the neighborhood suffered from the riots and looting, and in many ways, it has spent the last 50-plus years recovering. 

How is it coping with the events of the last few weeks?


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An interview with Richard Townsell, executive director at Lawndale Christian Development Corporation.

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Note: This was presented as part of “Peace and Justice,” an hourlong special from “Chicago Tonight.” Watch the full special here.


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