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Funeral held Friday for Chicago civil rights activist, historian Timuel Black

CHICAGO — A non-public funeral was held on the South Side for a civil rights activist from Chicago.

Civil rights activist, retired Chicago professor and historian Timuel Black died Wednesday on the age of 102.

Local leaders, together with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle gathered on the First Unitarian Church of Chicago Friday morning to have fun his life.

Among his many accomplishments, Black was an organizer of the march on Washington in 1963. He additionally was a part of the marketing campaign to elect Chicago’s first African American Mayor Harold Washington in 1983.

He graduated in 1935 from DuSable High School and would serve within the military throughout World War II.

Former President Barack Obama mentioned Wednesday in an announcement that Black “was a testament to the power of place, and how the work we do to improve one community can end up reverberating through other neighborhoods and other cities, eventually changing the world.”

He earned a bachelor’s diploma in sociology from Roosevelt University and his grasp’s from the University of Chicago. Black would go on to show historical past in Chicago’s public faculties and was a sociology and anthropology professor with City Colleges of Chicago.

“Timuel Black has been an anchor in the most consequential struggles for racial, social and economic justice of our times,” the Chicago Teachers Union mentioned in a launch Wednesday. “For generations, he marshalled his voice, his wisdom, his humanity and his tireless activism to support movements that ranged from the struggle for voting rights for Black and Brown people.”

Black joined the First Unitarian Church of Chicago again in 1953. Father Michael Pfleger gave his eulogy Friday.

Black is survived by his spouse, daughter and a hosts of cousins, nieces and nephews.

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