WBEZ | Timuel Black http://www.wbez.org/tags/timuel-black Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Discussion on Harold Washington http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/discussion-harold-washington-106720 <p><p>Thirty years after Harold Washington was elected as Chicago&rsquo;s first black mayor, the Society of Midland Authors will present a panel discussion about Washington&rsquo;s legacy.&nbsp;</p><div>The panel discussion features:&nbsp;<strong>Peter Nolan</strong>, a former NBC5 reporter whose 2012 book <em>Campaign! The 1983 Election That Rocked Chicago</em> is a firsthand account of Washington&rsquo;s election as mayor;&nbsp;<strong>Timuel Black</strong>, author of <em>Bridges of Memory</em>, a two-volume history of black Chicago;&nbsp;<strong>Salim Muwakkil</strong>, a senior editor at <em>In These Times</em>, a host on WVON-AM 1690, and the author of the text in <em>Harold!: Photographs from the Harold Washington Years</em>;&nbsp;<strong>Robert Starks</strong>, founder of the Harold Washington Institute for Research and Policy Studies at Northeastern Illinois University.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/SMA-webstory_7.gif" title="" /></div></div><p>Recorded live Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the Harold Washington Library Center.</p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/discussion-harold-washington-106720 Timuel Black donates papers to Chicago library http://www.wbez.org/story/timuel-black-donates-papers-chicago-library-95626 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-18/tb10.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-18/tb6.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 200px;" title="Timuel Black addresses the crowd at the Woodson Regional Library on Chicago's South Side. (WBEZ/Bill Healy) ">Timuel Black — civil rights activist, historian, author, and professor — has given more than 250 archival boxes to the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature at Woodson Regional Library, a part of the Chicago Public Library system.</p><p>“I am very honored to have this opportunity to share the garbage that I’ve accumulated throughout time and more to come,” Black joked at the unveiling on Wednesday.</p><p>Black, 93, is the grandson of slaves. He has written extensively on the black migration from the South to Chicago. His famous books are volumes entitled “Bridges of Memory.”</p><p>In 1960 Black was influential in founding the Negro American Labor Council, which formed to fight discrimination within the AFL-CIO, a federation of trade unions. Black also worked with A. Phillip Randolph on labor issues. Among the organizations Black worked with are: Independent Voters of Illinois, Teachers for Integrated Schools and the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights. Black worked to elect Mayor Harold Washington (Chicago’s first black mayor) and President Barack Obama.</p><p>Black’s archives contain manuscripts, funeral programs, photographs, correspondence and memorabilia. A quarter of Black’s archives relate to jazz, including his interviews with jazz musicians.</p><p>“Growing up in the periods that I have grown up gave me feelings that those experiences that we can share with others will help to enlighten and enrich their lives,” Black said.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-18/tb3.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 200px;" title="Black has given more than 250 archival boxes to the Chicago Public Library. (WBEZ/Bill Healy) ">In the 1960s, Black recalled dating a woman who scoffed at all the paperwork he piled in his Hyde Park home. She told him to throw some of his junk out. He did. In 1968, after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Black searched for a letter the civil rights leader sent to him about coming to Chicago. Black realized he had thrown that letter out.</p><p>“I promised I’d never throw anything out anymore. So come by my house. You’ll be able to get in if you slide in,” Black said.</p><p>The Harsh Collection is the largest of its kind in the Midwest. It’s named after the first black librarian in the Chicago Public Library system. Naturally, Black knew her.</p></p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 19:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/timuel-black-donates-papers-chicago-library-95626 Wading into Chicago's segregated past http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-04/wading-chicagos-segregated-past-90113 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-04/241405524_caa4c5c515_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Violence is deeply rooted in Chicago’s history. Racial tensions contributed to that sad truth for years but in 1960s, it was a truth many young people could no longer swallow. They confronted hate with, of all things, non-violent demonstrations. The peaceful but sometimes dangerous strategy became a cornerstone of the Civil Rights Movement. Fifty years ago, Chicago’s beaches were segregated—not by law but by neighbors.<br> So demonstrators decided to wade-in. WBEZ’s<a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/richard-steele" target="_blank"> Richard Steele</a> brought <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> the story. And one quick warning--- there is strong language in this conversation.</p><p><em>Music Button: Ramsey Lewis, "Wade in the Water", from the Album Hang On Ramsey/Wade in the Water, (BGO Records)</em></p><p>Race relations in America took a decided but difficult turn in the 1960s. Non-violent demonstrations across the country confronted racism, segregation and hatred head on. Young people, students—black and white—took part in sit-ins and freedom rides.</p><p>Though much attention was paid to the Jim Crow South, Chicago had its own racial divide.</p><p>A number of Chicago neighborhoods that had been, “all white,” became integrated—South Shore was one of those neighborhoods. As blacks continued to move in and attempted to use public facilities, like Rainbow Beach, there was a growing resentment stewing among a vocal segment of the white community.</p><p>The tension turned physical in August of 1960. A black policeman and his family were run off Rainbow Beach by other beachgoers. The incident sparked a “call to action” from Velma Murphy, who was president of the NAACP Youth Council; and so she gathered her troops. She turned to another young organizer who had successfully wrangled white support at the University of Chicago. Norm Hill helped integrate the effort—and won Velma’s heart in the process. They married within the year and are still married to this day.</p><p>They knew there was potential for violence but they were young—and brazen. Velma said it was the audacity of young people; that they didn’t think they would be hurt and that the police would protect them. But the police weren’t there and they were hurt—no one more than Velma. She shared her vivid memories of what happened on that hot August day on Rainbow Beach.</p><p>Their demonstration was not met with unconditional support from the civil rights community. Steele spoke to Timuel Black who is a retired college professor, political activist and one of the black community’s most highly respected historians. Black remembered, in fact, being asked to stop the demonstrators.</p><p>But they were young and not easily discouraged. So they went back to the beach—week after week. And Black started going too. At the time, Black was the Chicago president of the American Labor Council. So, he made sure the “city fathers” paid attention and that the protestors were protected by Chicago police officers.</p><p>Many forget about the wade-ins at Rainbow Beach. But Velma Murphy Hill can’t. The summer of 1960 and her experience on the sands of that beach etched deep physical and emotional scars. The events of that day changed Velma’s life forever—and gave it new purpose.</p><p>The memory and importance of the wade-ins of the early 1960s at Rainbow Beach should not be carried out with the tides of time. A coalition of civil rights and labor groups hope to make sure of that.</p><p>Fifty years later, an historic marker will be dedicated at Rainbow Beach on Saturday, Aug. 20—and it is what will ultimately bring Velma back to the beach.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 14:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-04/wading-chicagos-segregated-past-90113