50 years later, community leaders commemorate Dr. King’s 1966 march

The Chicago Citizen, 7/12/16

In 1965, 44 civil rights organizations fighting to end slums and poor living conditions for blacks collectively known as the Chicago Freedom Movement invited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to come to Chicago. Dr. King, the Southern Christian Leadership Council and local leaders like James Bevel and Al Raby used this as an opportunity to shift the agenda of the civil rights movement by addressing the entrenched racial discrimination in urban cities which kept blacks in ghettos, overcrowded schools and low-paying jobs….. CONTINUE READING

Meet the Chicago activist Obama singled out for courage

Crain’s Chicago Business, 2/8/16

When President Barack Obama addressed religious leaders at the National Prayer Breakfast last week, he singled out a longtime Chicago activist and nonprofit leader working on the city’s Southwest Side.

Obama had met Rami Nashashibi, executive director of Inner-City Muslim Action Network, earlier in the week at a mosque in Baltimore…. His organization also has been instrumental in a project to build a memorial to King in Marquette Park, where the civil rights leader marched in 1966…. CONTINUE READING

At Issue: Chicago’s Muslim Community

WBBM Radio, CBS Chicago, 2/7/16

Political Editor Craig Dellimore talks with Rami Nashashibi, director of the Inner City Muslim Action Network , about challenges facing the Muslim-American community…and about spending time with President Obama discussing such matters…. CONTINUE TO AUDIO

President Obama Praises Local Leader in Calls for Religious Tolerance

Chicago Tonight, 2/4/16

President Barack Obama on Wednesday visited a mosque for the first time during his presidency to discuss Islamic relations and to combat growing anti-Muslim rhetoric in the country….

Joining us tonight is Rami Nashashibi, the executive director of the Chicago-based Inner-City Muslim Action Network. He was at the mosque Obama visited and was mentioned by name in the president’s speech during Thursday’s national prayer breakfast. Nashashibi joins us to discuss Muslim relations and to share his story… CONTINUE READING

Sculpture To Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s March Through Marquette Park

CBS-TV Chicago, 1/18/16, 5 p.m. newscast

The nation pauses today to pay tribute to the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Work is underway on what organizers call the city’s first ever memorial here. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole gives us a sneak peek… CONTINUE READING

Sculpting the Dr. King Memorial for Marquette Park

ABC-TV Chicago, 1/18/16, 6 p.m. newscast

Sculpting from more than 15,000 pounds of clay, artists begin the early stages of a living memorial honor Dr. King.

“The imagery is on three walls,” explains artist Sonja Henderson. “There are six sides. Each wall has an image of Dr. King on it and the community coming together.”

The memorial will be permanently placed in Chicago’s Marquette Park where, almost 50 years ago, Dr. King marched for equal and fair housing. Since so many homes on the southwest side are brick, artists Sonja Henderson and John Pittman Weber say the material is appropriate for the project… CONTINUE READING

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to Commemorate Marquette Park March

NBC-TV Chicago, 1/18/16, 6 p.m. newscast

Community leaders around Chicago are working on a living memorial to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic 1966 march in Marquette Park.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, artists from the Chicago Public Art group put together drawings and clay models to show what the finished sculpture may look like… CONTINUE READING

Martin Luther King Jr. art installation to commemorate Marquette Park march

Chicago Tribune, 1/18/16

The face of Martin Luther King Jr. sprung forth from the wall of wet, gray, clay brick. Kneeling on a dusty studio floor Monday, Sonja Henderson, a Chicago Public Art Group artist, carved rough-hewn lines into smooth curves with fluid strokes. John Pitman Weber looked on with crossed arms.

After months of plans and sketches, work was finally beginning… CONTINUE READING