Chicago's Puerto Rican community in Lincoln Park gave birth to the Young Lords Organization and later, the Young Lords Party. Founded by Mr. José "Cha-Cha" Jiménez in 1968, the Young Lords became one of the premier struggles for international human rights. Church congregations, social and political clubs, restaurants, grocery stores, and family residences once flourished in the community, but successive waves of urban renewal and gentrification forcibly displaced most of those Puerto Ricans, Mejicanos, other Latinos, working-class and impoverished families, and their children in the 1950s and 1960s.
The collection includes more than 100 oral histories of former members, associates and family members. These interviews document the history of the displacement of Puerto Ricans, Mejicanos, other Latinos, and the poor from Lincoln Park, Rainbow Coalition, as well as the history of the Young Lords nationwide.
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The Young Lords in Lincoln Park collection documents the struggle for fair housing, self-determination, and human rights that was launched by Mr. José “Cha-Cha” Jiménez, founder of the Young Lords Movement. Highlights of the personal papers of Jose Jimenez include a rich collection of, historical photographs, papers, flyers and clippings documenting the origins of the Young Lords Movement. Mr. Jiménez’s records from his campaign for alderman of Chicago’s 46th ward, founding of the Lincoln Park Camp, and KO Club as well as photos, documents, clippings, and related ephemera donated by other individuals who have been interviewed as part of this project.