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Town Officials of Chicago Suburb Refuse to Permit Rockwell Meeting

August 25, 1966
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Town officials of Chicago’s suburb of Cicero announced today that they had turned down an application from George Lincoln Rockwell, leader of the American Nazi Party, for a permit for a rally he said he wanted to hold Saturday in front of the Cicero City Hall.

In his application, Rockwell told the officials he wanted “to organize the white people of Cicero to defend their homes and neighborhood against Martin Luther King’s black invasion.” The Rev. Mr. King, leader of the Negro drive in Chicago to remove racial bias from the housing field, has scheduled a march to be held in Cicero on Sunday.

Cook County Sheriff Richard Ogilvie said that he would have Rockwell arrested on sight if the man set foot anywhere in the county outside the Chicago city limits. Rockwell has been stirring hatred among white residents in this area against the Negro drive, and his assistants have been furnishing swastika-emblazoned posters for the opponents of civil rights. He has also been delivering speeches at outdoor rallies, tying the Negro civil rights drive to alleged “Jew money.”

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