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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivers his

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, Aug. 28, 1963, as National Park Service ranger Gordon "Gunny" Gundrum, left, stands beside King. AP Photo/File

Back in 1963, Don Rose was an organizer for Midwest states at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He’s made plenty of other marks in Chicago politics — leading school boycotts, managing the anti-machine campaign that elected Jayne Bryne the city’s first female mayor — but today we wanted to talk with him mostly about 1966, when Martin Luther King brought his civil rights work to Chicago, and Rose worked as his press secretary.

This conversation originally aired Jan. 17, 2022.


Don Rose 

Longtime activist in Chicago | Press Secretary, MLK’s Chicago Freedom Campaign, 1966



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