Chicago 1968

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Spring 5-1-2015


Civil rights, interfaith, Presbyterian Church USA, Harris Bank, Community Relations, Chicago, Illinois, YMCA, Macalaster College, Minnesota, social work, Interreligious Council of Urban Affairs, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tet Offensive, Vietnam, Oak Park Community Organizing, Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, Church work, Segregation, Civil rights demonstrations, Civil rights movements


Cultural History | History | Political History | Political Science | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Social History | United States History


Length: 74 minutes


Rev, H. Kris Ronnow has been active in civil rights protest work since the 1963 March on Washington. In 1967, became the Executive Director of the Interreligious Council of Urban Affairs Chicago, an organization designated the liaison agency with community organizations for five Chicago area religious bodies, part of the Church Federation of Greater Chicago. The latter organization was the precursor to the current Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago. Rev. Ronnow is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. He also served as Community Relations Director, Oak Park, IL, and Vice President of Public Affairs at Harris Bank, Chicago.

The interviewer conducted this oral history as part of his/her coursework for the Spring 2015 class, Oral History: The Art of the Interview. This project was completed in collaboration with the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago and the College Archives & Special Collections department at Columbia College Chicago. Contact for more information.

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