Chicago Freedom Movement exhibit coming to Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 20 March 2009

MONTGOMERY—A photography exhibition chronicling the campaign for fair housing in Chicago during the 1960s will be on display at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum starting in April.

The “Chicago Freedom Movement” exhibition features the work of photographer Bernard J. Kleina, whose rarely seen color photographs document the 1965-1966 peaceful demonstrations calling for open housing in Chicago.

The exhibition will open on April 3 and will continue through May 31. It features more than 50 candid images of civil rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott-King, Jesse Jackson, former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young, comedian Dick Gregory and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.

For more than 30 years Kleina has been director of the HOPE Fair Housing Center in Illinois, an agency that promotes equal housing, lending and insurance opportunities. His photographs documenting the fair housing movement have been displayed throughout the U.S. and Europe.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Central Alabama Fair Housing Center. In addition to the exhibit, the CAFHC and the Rosa Parks Museum will be celebrating Fair Housing Month with a forum on April 16 at 5:30 p.m. examining the current state of fair housing in the U.S.

Kleina will participate in the forum discussion along with Shana Smith, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, and Faith Cooper, executive director of the CAFHC.

Kleina will also discuss the exhibition and the fair housing movement during a gallery talk at the museum on Saturday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m.

For information about the exhibit, contact the museum at 334-241-8615 or online at