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This sermon--- and hundreds like it in other all-white communities---was part of a concentrated effort during the past eight months to open up new housing to Negroes in the Chicago area.
It was the direct result of last summer's Summit Agreement ..... a committment by Chicago's leaders that ended street marches by Dr. Martin Luther King's Freedom Movement.
The agreement promised to remove the barriers that have contained Chicago's one million Negroes within two black belts on the south and west sides of the city.
The Open Housing effort is directed by a council of business, labor and church leaders. Offices were opened to help prospective buyers find available homes and apartments. (SOF)
Meetings were held in ghetto churches...to overcome Negro timidity and suspicion. Home seekers got a chance to meet other Negroes who had moved to new areas----and to talk face-to-face with residents of white communities ready to welcome Negro neighbors.
So far the effort has been largely educational. Fewer than a hundred families have moved out of the ghetto with assistance.
One family that was helped in locating a new home is that of Jesse Williams--a computer analyst. Williams talked about living in the ghetto---and about changing attitudes. SOF Williams
Dr. Martin Luther King---whose street marches put the open housing effort in motion---said this: SOF---N.L. KING
But there is criticism of the housing drive. The majority of those Chicago Negroes who can afford to move out of the ghetto--are still locked in.
The suburbs have relented only a little---and the white middle income neighborhoods within the city still cannot be penetrated.
State fair housing bills died again in the legislature--and a city ordinance already on the books--has been ineffective and generally ignored.
Experts say Chicago is becoming a black ghetto at the ??? of five blocks a week.
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Despite this pessimism (question), it is significant that for the first time in a major U.S. city-almost the entire power structure has committed itself to Open Housing.
If this power structure can now follow up its committment....with actual results--Chicago may save itself from the inevitable upheaval of a racially-divided city.
Bill Matney, NBC News, Chicago
REPORTER: mike keating
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