Freedom Waders: The Struggle to Integrate Chicago’s Rainbow Beach

Alex S. Hinton

“Freedom Waders” tells a long-forgotten chapter of the civil rights movement. In 1960, Velma Murphy, President of the South Side NAACP Youth Council, began dating Norman Hill, a prominent civil rights activist. Inspired by sit-in campaigns of the South, the young couple organized wade-ins at Chicago’s Rainbow Beach, braving mob violence.


Student Film – McGill University.

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