What You Need to Know About MLK’s Fair Housing Legacy
Twenty years before the first Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a rock hit Martin Luther King Jr. in the head.
It’s Aug. 5, 1966. King is leading a march through an all-white neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side.
Protestors call for an end to housing discrimination. Local residents are unhappy. Hostilities ensue, and a hurled rock smacks King in the head.
By the end of August 1966, King negotiates agreements with local officials. The agreements call for desegregating public housing and enforcing open housing laws.
Two years later, a week after King’s death, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act.