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Police clear streets of youths ahead of a group of Civil Rights marchers on Chicago's Northwest Side, during a demonstration against real estate firms that allegedly refuse to sell or rent to blacks, August 8, 1966
Vintage wire photograph on paper
6 7/8 x 9 5/16 in. (17.46 x 23.65 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.430

Police Chase Youths during Civil Rights March: Police clear streets of youths ahead of a group of Civil Rights marchers on Fullerton Avenue on Chicago's Northwest Side during a demonstration today. The protest march was staged against real estate firms that allegedly refuse to sell or rent to blacks.

The Chicago Freedom Movement, also known as the Chicago Open Housing Movement, was led by Martin Luther King, Jr., James Bevel and Al Raby. It was supported by the Chicago-based Coordinating Council of Community Organizations (CCCO) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). The movement included a large rally, marches, and demands to the City of Chicago. These specific demands covered a wide range of topics, including open housing, quality education, transportation and job access, income and employment, health, wealth generation, crime and the criminal justice system, community development, tenants' rights, and quality of life. Operation Breadbasket, in part led by Jesse Jackson, sought to harness black consumer power. The Chicago Freedom Movement was the most ambitious Civil Rights campaign in the North in the United States, lasting from mid-1965 to August 1966. It is largely credited with inspiring the 1968 Fair Housing Act.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: manuscript title, date, date stamp and newspaper stamp.

Wire photographs were originally transmitted over phonelines, then later, by satellite. They were first used in the early 1920s. Associated Press became a leader with this. After pigment touch-ups, etc., the print is put into a drum (like a drum scanner). The image gets converted into audio tones that are transmitted. The tones are received and beamed onto photo-sensitive paper. Wire photographs are copies without originals---they are hybrid, transmitted objects. (Britt Salvesen, Curator and Department Head, Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 30-31, 2022)

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  • Image Dimensions: 6 7/8 x 9 5/16 in. (17.46 x 23.65 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/16 x 9 15/16 in. (20.48 x 25.24 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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