The Winnetka Talk

The Winnetka Talk

  • Fair Housing is not “Forced” Housing
    The fight over housing opened up deep community divides and racial antagonisms. This advertisement, paid for by the Chicago Conference on Religion and Race, explained that fair housing legal reform would not force owners to sell their homes to blacks, but simply remove the barriers that prevented them from doing so. For many white homeowners, however, this did not answer their questions about real estate prices and the impact racial integration would have on the value of their own home.
  • Let the People Decide the Question of Forced Housing by Referendum
    The real estate community in Winnetka, afraid of losing money, fought hard against legal reform of housing laws. What the liberals called “open occupancy” the realtors and their allies termed “forced housing.”
  • Suburbs face up to the Prospect of Integration
    The Winnetka Talk speculated on whether or not the town would allow integration of housing.
  • Letters to the Public Forum
    After a Mr. Portle wrote a letter to the editor advocated residential segregation letters of protest poured into The Winnetka Talk.
  • 2 Will Tell of Work in Mississippi
    The paper was also a local news venue. This is a report about the children of two Winnetka WIMS women whose children went to Mississippi for Freedom Summer in 1964. Philip Moore was Henrietta Moore’s son; Linda Davis Jean Davis’ daughter.
  • Winnetkans Speak on Mississippi
    Phil Moore and Linda Davis told Winnetka audiences about their experiences in Mississippi in 1964.
  • Winnetka Coed Will Return to South Despite of Danger
    Phil Moore returned to college after Freedom Summer, but Linda Davis did not. She returned to Ruleville, Mississippi, to continue as a civil rights worker.
  • King’s Speech Attracts 8,000
    Martin Luther King came to Winnetka and spoke to a rally on the village green in July of 1965. “Racism in housing,” King said, “will not be removed until there is an assault on the structure of power that reaps huge profits from the divisions of our society.” The American Nazi Party picketed the rally.

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