Skip to main content


A Conversation with Timuel Black

It's important for college-age students to know who Harold Washington was; to understand and appreciate his unique place in history; and to learn how his legacy continues to influence politics today.

Listen in as esteemed African-American historian and civil rights activist Dr. Timuel D. Black, Jr. chats with Chicago Tribune writer and WGN radio personality Rick Kogan about their mutual friend Harold Washington.  Black and Washington are both alumni of Roosevelt University, the event's host.

Organized by the Harold Washington Commemorative Year, an Illinois non-profit organization established to observe two important anniversaries: November 25, 2007 (the 20th anniversary of Harold's sudden, untimely death) and April 12, 2008 (the 25th anniversary of his historic, tumultuous election as the first black mayor of Chicago).  Six months free public programming is being presented throughout the city to remember Harold and analyze his legacy.


Recorded Tuesday, March 04, 2008 at Roosevelt University-Congress Lounge.

Get the WBEZ App

Download the best live and on-demand public radio experience. Find out more.