“This spring, for the first time in more than 40 years, people will be living at the same North Lawndale address as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family did in 1966, when he came here to dramatize the desperate state of housing in Chicago’s minority neighborhoods.
The three-flat at 1550 South Hamlin Avenue was damaged during the riots that followed King’s assassination (on April 4, 1968) and eventually demolished. The site has been a vacant lot ever since. On Sunday, April 3rd, Lawndale Christian Development Corp. will celebrate completion of the Dr. King Legacy Apartments on that historic site. “We have finally accomplished his purpose in coming to Chicago,” says Kim Jackson, the organization’s executive director. “Dr. King came to Lawndale to ensure that families had quality housing that was affordable. I think he would be pleased to see what we’ve done here.””