By the 1950’s, Chicago was the second most populous city in America, and is majorly populated by African-Americans. While the majority of the residents were African-Americans and are free from enslavement, white people still received better from the government by using their higher numbers to their advantage. African-Americans in Chicago paid higher house payment rates, and while there were plenty of opportunities, they still struggled finding jobs and of course, were paid less.
The injustice changes when the 1960's and the 1970's entered. It was the decade of renowned freedom rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. There was a price to pay for the fight: Chicago got too involved with anti-war protests and the police riot at the DNC in 1968. In the 80's Chicago was ready to move on from all the fights. Of course, there were the artists, capturing all of history, leading to the Black Arts Movement.
These events have been documented through art and photography such as photographers Gordon Parks, Danny Lyon, Luis Medina, filmmakers Tom Palazzo and Kartemquin Films.
Head over to Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950–1980 at the Art Institute of Chicago on May 12, running through October 28.
Images are from the press kit.