CHICAGO -- Hundreds stopped by Rainbow Push headquarters Thursday evening to say their goodbyes and thank-yous to Rev. Willie Barrow.
The activist fought for equality for minorities, women, and members of the LGBT community—particularly after he son died of AIDS.
Father Michael Pfleger, Judge Greg Mathis, Mayor Emanuel and Rev Al Sharpton all spoke at the service.
Rev. Barrow marched and worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr during the march on Washington and in Selma. She traveled to South Africa when Nelson Mandela was released from prison and she helped found Operation Breadbasket, an organization dedicated to improving economic conditions in black communities.
She would later work alongside Rev. Jesse Jackson with Rainbow Push and serve as campaign manager for his presidential run.
Rev. Barrow died at the age of 90 last week.
It was the first of two services to celebrate Rev. Barrow’s life. The second round of services continues Friday at Rev. Barrow’s home church, Vernon Park Church of God at 90th and Stony Island.
Rev Barrow will be buried Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery in Chicago.
Her church is making plans to erect a museum in her honor.