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Black History Month spotlight: Arthur M. Brazier and the Northern Civil Rights Movement (part 1)


Dr. Arthur M. Brazier was an activist, author and pastor who dedicated his life to serving others and making the world around him a better place.

Among his many contributions, one that is not as well known is the fact that he helped spearhead the Northern Civil Rights Movement. The segregation and equality battles fought in Chicago and the North have not been documented as much as the historic battles in South led by Dr.M.L. King. For people who grew up in the late 60’s and after, there is very little recollection of this contentious time in Chicago.

The Arthur M. Brazier Foundation was created to build on the vision, legacy and life’s work of Bishop Brazier. As his work is carried on, it is also necessary to pay homage to the great sacrifices made by Bishop Brazier and numerous African-American leaders here in Chicago.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Arthur M. Brazier Foundation has launched a four part video series to document the work led by Bishop Brazier, beginning with the Northern Civil Rights Movement that reflects the fight for the desegregation of the public school system, the creation of fair housing laws, and the quest to end biased hiring practices.

The first video serves as an introduction of Bishop Brazier’s work in the community, fueled by his unwavering belief in self-determination.

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To follow the series and other reflections of the work visit the foundation’s website where new content will be posted throughout the month,

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