All invited to remember Chicago’s first black mayor
~ By Chinta Strausberg ~ At 11:01 a.m., Monday, November 25, 2013,the Harold Washington Legacy Committee, is holding a wreath laying ceremony inhonor of the late Mayor Harold Washington at the Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 E. 67thSt., Chicago, IL where he was buried 26-years ago.
The gravesite ceremony will include a gun salute, a color guard ceremony from several high schools, and a host of Harold’s friends and supporters.
It has been 26-years since Mayor Washington, Chicago’s first African Americanmayor, left a Fourth Ward townhouse ground breaking ceremony and within ahalf-hour fell ill at his City Hall desk. He was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at the age of 65, and Chicago politics has never been the same since.
“It is good that the Chicago community has not forgotten the man, the moment and the movement though he passed away 26-years ago. We still remember him and his legacy to the city of Chicago, and we’re hoping that people will come out to celebrate that legacy,” said Robert Starks, a board member of the Harold Washington Legacy Committee and professor emeritus of the Northeastern Illinois University.
At 11:01 a.m., Monday, November 25, 2013, the Harold Washington Legacy Committee, is holding a wreath laying ceremony in honor of the late Mayor Harold Washington at the Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 E. 67th St., Chicago, IL where he was buried 26-years ago.
On April 12, 2013, the Harold Washington Legacy Committee held a press conference at the historic Ramada Lake Shore, back then called the "50th on the Lake" Hotel where on November 10, 1982 he declared his mayoral candidacy. (Photo by Chinta Strausberg)
This was the City Hall press corp that covered Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor. He called us "The Baracuda's."
Mayor Harold Washington presents Chicago Defender political reporter Chinta Strausberg with the "Dollars and Sense" award during a ceremony held at the Regal Theater.
A close friend to Mayor Washington, Bennett Johnson is vice president of the Third World Pres, publisher of the Evanston Sentinel, Honorary Consul General to the Republic of Uganda, vice president of the UCI Group, Inc, president of the Path Press, Inc., former assistant director of the Governor’s Office of Human Resources, State of Illinois and other positions. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Roosevelt University majoring in English and Science and a master’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in English and education. He also has a degree in mortgage banking from the Real Estate Institute of Chicago. He is shown here with Mayor Washington at a political rally where the mayor had pushed for the election of the late Marion Stamps for alderman of the 42nd Ward. This was during the turbulent City Council Wars between the Vrdoloyak 29 vs. 21 factions.
Thanks to former Ald. Dorothy Tillman (3rd), a statue of Mayor Harold Washington sits outside of the Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 South Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. (Photo by Chinta Strausberg)
Chinta Strausberg, Perry Small and other journalists interviewed Mayor Harold Washington at the DuSable Museum.
Chinta Strausberg cuts a slice of cake for Mayor Washington at the DuSable Museum.
Mayor Harold Washington surrounded by the City Hall press corp in 1986.