Chicago pays tribute to Mayor Harold Washington

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A month-long tribute to the late Mayor Harold Washington begins Friday.

April marks the 30th-anniversary of Washington’s election as the first African-American mayor of Chicago.

A group of politicians, civil rights and religious leaders formed a committee to honor his legacy. They’ll start with a news conference Friday morning at the Ramada Lake Shore, the same hotel where Washington announced his campaign in November of 1982.

Then, Friday evening, a 30th anniversary reception will be held at the Marmon Grand Hotel on South Michigan.

The city council has declared April 15th Harold Washington Day in the city.

The observance includes a number of forums at area universities and a closing celebration on April 29.

Washington died in November, 1987 shortly after winning a second term.

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10 comments

  • Jake

    They celebrate after they kill you, for the daley machine wow Martin Lurther KIng was right chicago is the most racist city in america look at the history.

  • attitude killer

    when i took street college in county…….. they said there was no better time being locked when he was in office

    • Fed up

      Uneducated? I have a Masters Degree. That is six years of college. I figure you just have an Associates Degree from Westwood College. So, I thought I'd break it down for you Paul.

  • Paul

    Wow Fed up I'm impressed that you have a Masters degree and can only count up to six.You're the first that I've heard of that can only count up to six and have a Masters.You've mastered the count of six? Wow! You could be lying about earning a Masters.I have a MBA,MS,and a BS and I'm a professor that has taught at six different universities.Sorry I would break it down for you some more but it wouldn't do any good if you can only count to six loser.Your credentials don't add up to mine because I know a hell of a lot more than you.

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