Best of: What was it like to work with Dr. King?
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.
Longtime activist in Chicago | Press Secretary, MLK’s Chicago Freedom Campaign, 1966
Don Rose, living legend, worked with MLK at a critical moment of the civil rights movement, helped spearhead the antiwar protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention, mentored David Axelrod, and knew Charlie Bird Parker when bebop started in the 1940s. https://t.co/hZaf4idEJe— Jonathan Alter (@jonathanalter) December 30, 2021
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