Cicero March (1966)

State troopers are bowled over by people who had been heckling civil rights marchers in Cicero
Cicero March is a 1966 short documentary film made by the Chicago-based production company, The Film Group. The film details a civil rights march held on September 4, 1966 in Cicero, Illinois. The film documents Robert Lucas and fellow members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) as they lead activists through Cicero to protest the city of Chicago’s restrictions in housing laws. White residents of Cicero respond with vitriolic jeers as the police struggle to prevent a riot. Cicero March was filmed after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., James Bevel, and other Southern Christian Leadership Conference members had come to Chicago to participate in the Chicago Freedom Movement and organize a movement calling for fair housing in Chicago. Chicago city officials, including Mayor Richard J. Daley, negotiated a Fair Housing agreement with Dr. King, Bevel, and others in August, and King and Bevel agreed to end demonstrations. Nevertheless, Robert Lucas and other members of CORE felt that the march was strategically necessary and proceeded with it anyway. … The 16mm film prints and elements for Cicero March reside at Chicago Film Archives within the Film Group Collection. In 2013 Cicero March was added to the National Film Registry.”
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[PDF] “Cicero March” – Library of Congress
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