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PHOTOS: Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago

During a visit to a pool hall, King demonstrates his proficiency with a cue.

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, Chicago remembers his time spent in our city, expanding his civil rights movement from the South.

King brought his movement for equal rights north to Chicago in 1966,  targeting the city’s stark segregation. Here, hundreds marched with him to challenge the policies that maintained the rigidly white ethnic enclave, Marquette Park.

“I have never seen, even in Mississippi and Alabama, mobs as hateful as I’ve seen here,” King said of Chicago.

In this gallery of Chicago Sun-Times and AP archival photos, King is seen energizing crowds and facing violent attacks as he led the march in Marquette Park. The photos, from 1966, show him renovating deteriorating buildings and confronting Mayor Richard J. Daley. He’s also captured in lighter moments, waving with his wife, Coretta Scott King, from the third-floor apartment he rented on Chicago’s West Side, and showing off his skills at a pool hall.

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