Burroughs is remembered fondly

November 22, 2010

One of the founders of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago is being remembered fondly today.

Margaret Burroughs died at her Chicago home yesterday at the age of 93. She was an activist, an artist, a writer and a teacher.

Salim Muwakkil is the senior editor of In These Times magazine and a radio host on WVON. He said Burroughs gave aesthetic credibility to African art forms.

"And she is herself an icon, and the DuSable Museum offers a venue for a kind of a celebration of those cultural icons in the black community, venues that didn't exist in the past, and probably wouldn't exist had not Margaret Burroughs created something like DuSable," Muwakkil said.

Muwakkil called Burroughs a dear friend who was dedicated to education.