Illinois task force considers redesigning, moving monument of MLK Jr.

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Flowers asked White about his vision for the statue, and what he would like to see written on the statue or the plaque that will be affixed to the statue.

White said he was leaving those decisions to the task force.

“But the bottom line is just I want to make sure we find a good artist, and make sure that he will not only take the job but take on the responsibility that goes with it,” White said.

Butler proposed erecting a statue of King at the Illinois Armory Building, where he gave a speech to commemorate the Illinois State AFL-CIO’s 8th annual convention on Oct. 7, 1965.

Last year, former Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, filed a resolution calling for a bronze plaque to be placed at the site of the historic address to memorialize King’s visit to Springfield. The resolution never came up for a vote.

Dr. Noelle Trent, director of interpretation, collections, and education at the National Civil Rights Museum, said King came to Chicago in 1965 and 1966 to work with community activists — including a young Rev. Jesse Jackson — on “nonviolent campaigns to address issues of segregation and inequity throughout the city, particularly as it pertains to housing.”

King moved with his family to Chicago, where he and the Southern Christian Leadership Council — an African American civil rights group that formed out of the Montgomery bus boycott — started the Chicago Freedom Movement, which was focused on combatting racist housing practices.

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June 9, 2021 at 07:50PM

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