The Rev. Jesse Jackson, walking just steps from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Marquette Park, said he, too, was hit with a rock that day, just as he had been a week before at another march, in Gage Park.
“But most of the rocks were blocked by police,” said Jackson, noting that officers did a good job of protecting protesters. “We were winning. Exposing the racist resistance. The more they lashed out, the more we were winning.
“The reaction was as volatile as it was in Birmingham. You wouldn’t think you’d get that kind of reaction for basic human rights.
“The urban movement was really born in Chicago in that violent confrontation.”
• Mary Mitchell: 50 years later, MLK still can bring us together
• Timuel Black: close by when MLK was hit
• Moved by King, Bernard Kleina left Catholic church, turned to photography, activism
• Former Ald. Dorothy Tillman, an MLK aide in ’66, says too many not following his lead
• ‘I don’t mean you, Mr. Policeman’
• Don Rose: How the Chicago Freedom Movement marches began