On June 21, 1964, Soldier Field in Chicago played host to the Illinois Rally for Civil Rights. The principle speakers were Rev. President and Founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Rev.
Hesburgh, President of the University of Notre Dame. Nearly 150 various organizations promoted the event, distributing 1.5 million flyers in Chicago, and brought their members to the rally by the bus-full.
A crowd estimated of between 57,000-75,000 people of diverse walks of life, races, and faiths endured early rain and later sweltering heat in Soldier Field, standing in solidarity of racial equality. The Illinois Rally was somewhat anti-climatic as the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill was imminent President Lyndon Johnson would sign the bill into law on July 2, 1964. Some were disappointed with the turnout, thinking that it was not as large as it could have or should have been days before the event, the leaders had estimated the crowd could tip 100,000. The morning rain was blamed for the lower attendance. However, King said to the crowd, We have come a long, long way in the civil rights struggle, but let me remind you that we have a long, long way to go.
Passage of the civil rights bill does not mean that we have reached the promised land in civil rights. He stressed that the bill alone was not enough vigorous enforcement was essential to success. At the time, the Illinois Rally was the second largest Civil Rights demonstration, after the 1963 March on Washington. While there was a small group of protesters outside of Soldier Field, the Illinois Rally was overall a peaceful and successful event. This flyer is one of two versions created.
It measures 8.5 x 5.5 and is a pale green. However, I have uploaded a photo of the two color versions as informational only.This item will be insured as it is a rare piece of history for Chicago and Dr. Please feel free to ask questions.
I will be happy to answer them. The item "RARE Flyer Illinois Rally For Civil Rights, Martin Luther King Jr" is in sale since Saturday, November 16, 2019.
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