On a recent episode of our weekly radio show History is Revolting, we discussed the events of August 23, 1969, when the Young Lords attempted to hold an “open house” and street festival at the People’s Church, their headquarters in Lincoln Park, Chicago. The group wanted to celebrate the opening of a free community daycare center that they planned to operate out of the church’s basement. Instead of granting the Young Lords a permit to close off the street to hold a block party, the city responded by dispatching hundreds of police and a helicopter that circled overhead. We present here some background information and a brief narrative about the events of that day, along with links to some interesting primary source materials.
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