The Chicago Freedom Movement — Remember Why You're Here, Brother, an exhibit of over 50 of civil rights photographer Bernard J. Kleina's images of civil rights marches in Chicago in the mid 60s, will be on display in Sinclair Community College's new library April 4–14, 2007. April is National Fair Housing month, and the exhibit kicks off the month's celebration in the Miami Valley.
Kleina's rarely seen color photographs document the Freedom Movement's peaceful demonstration during 1965-66 calling for open housing opportunities. Having premiered in January 2006, the exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversary of the historic first Marquette Park march and includes images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, former Atlanta Mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, comedian activist Dick Gregory, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, and former SCLC president the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, as well as photos of civil rights activists making the historic march through a white neighborhood to Marquette Park to call attention to the segregation of millions of black Americans in urban ghettos.
A recollection by Kleina of the Marquette Park march, including an explanation of the phrase which makes up part of the exhibit's title—"Remember Why You're Here, Brother"—is available online.
The exhibit opens on April 4, 2007 with an opportunity to meet the artist at 7:30 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored by Sinclair Community College, the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, the Dayton Daily News, and the Dayton Area Board of Realtors.
The exhibit, located on the mezzanine level of Sinclair's library (located on the lower level of Sinclair buildings 1-7), will be open Mondays through Thursdays 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 5–14, 2007.
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Kim Kendrick, the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity with the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development will be the keynote speaker at the annual Fair Housing luncheon on April 5, 2007 beginning at 11:45 a.m. in the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center. In addition, Mr. Kleina will speak and share his memories of the civil rights movement and its relevance to housing discrimination then and today. Tickets for the event are $20 and may be purchased from the Dayton Area Board of Realtors at 937-223-0900.