In the summer of ’66, a group of youth was having fun playing in a fire hydrant on Chicago’s West Side when police told them to leave. When they returned to cool off again, CPD arrested them and took them into custody. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched to the police station with their families and concerned neighbors and successfully demanded their release.
They then demanded the city invest in accessible pools where their children could cool off safely and exercise the human right to recreate. There’s now a public swimming pool near the intersection of Roosevelt and Racine where this took place.
Join FDLA January 16th for a day of Service with West Side youth and families!
1-7:30 pm at the West Side Justice Center, 601 S. California, Chicago, IL, 60640
1pm: Drumming For Justice
2pm: Key Note: Stan Willis, Civil & Human Rights Attorney & Activist
3pm: Know Your Rights Street Outreach
5pm: Free Write “Mitigating Evidence” Art Exhibit & Service Reflection
5:30: Dinner & Call to Action
6pm: Hotline Volunteer Orientation for Attorneys & Senior Law Students