In 1966 the Chicago Freedom Movement (CFM), led by Martin Luther King and Al Raby, pioneered the nation’s first large-scale movement to end racial segregation in a sprawling metropolis.

Now, nearly 40 years later, veterans of the CFM, current civil rights activists, young people, clergy, community members, and historians held the Fulfilling the Dream Fortieth Commemoration Conference on July 23-25, 2006 to challenge continued discrimination in housing, education, and jobs; leverage the CFM experience to support and strengthen a new generation of activists, and develop a revitalized economic and social justice agenda for greater Chicago.

This site offers a wealth of information. Our CFM Archive site chronicles the people, organizations, and events that formed the movement, and brings together a vast collection of movement material. Issues Then and Now has a great deal of information on the historical and current state of segregation and inequality in the city of Chicago. There is a great deal going on and many ways in which you can Get Involved.

Questions? Want to Get Involved? Contact us at or call 312.915.8602
In collaboration with the Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University Chicago