Civil rights

A public memorial to Chicago civil rights leader Timuel Black will take place on Sunday


A public memorial will be held on Sunday, December 5 for Chicago civil rights activist Timuel Black.

Black passed away on October 13 at the age of 102, after a rich life filled with service and generosity.

For decades, Black fought for social justice in Chicago and across the country. Those who knew Black well say that even at 102, his mind was still very sharp.

Black will forever be considered one of Chicago’s greatest African-American historians. He worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson and many other prominent leaders.

Teacher, speaker, activist and author are just a few of Black’s titles. He graduated from Roosevelt University’s DuSable High School and received his Masters from the University of Chicago.

Black was a highly decorated WWII veteran and began his civic work early in life. He attended the Racial Equality Congress and helped organize the Chicago contingent of the March on Washington.

He has also worked with the teachers’ union and served on countless boards.


The memorial will be held at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago. Speakers will include Governor JB Pritzker, Reverend Jesse Jackson, historian Juliana Richardson, political strategist Don Rose and City Colleges Chancellor Juan Salgado.

Participants must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours.

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