The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr - Chapter 27: Watts, Chapter 28: Chicago Campaign Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 27: Watts, Chapter 28: Chicago Campaign Summary and Analysis

The movement entered the Watts area of Los Angeles; there have been riots and the National Guard occupies the area. King thinks the riots arise from the despair many feel about their economic difficulties. King sees that fighting against poverty is inextricably linked with racial justice. Police brutality is also a concern. The poor in Watts see the riots as their only method of getting noticed. However, violence hardens the white resistance. The nonviolent movement hits a crisis. Further, California repeals its law preventing racial discrimination in housing. Many believe that nonviolence is no longer effective.

In 1965, King is invited by black leaders in Chicago to fight for integrated public schools. The SCLC decides to focus their efforts in Chicago and turn their focus North. The battle has already been waged for five...

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