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Discussion on Harold Washington

Thirty years after Harold Washington was elected as Chicago’s first black mayor, the Society of Midland Authors will present a panel discussion about Washington’s legacy. 

The panel discussion will feature: Peter Nolan, a former NBC5 reporter whose 2012 book Campaign! The 1983 Election That Rocked Chicago is a firsthand account of Washington’s election as mayor; Timuel Black, author of Bridges of Memory, a two-volume history of black Chicago; Salim Muwakkil, a senior editor at In These Times, a host on WVON-AM 1690, and the author of the text in Harold!: Photographs from the Harold Washington YearsRobert Starks, founder of the Harold Washington Institute for Research and Policy Studies at Northeastern Illinois University.
Seating is available first come, first served. Reservations are not required. Select books will be available for purchase. This event is presented by the Society of Midland Authors, an organization established in 1915 for published authors in the Midwest. For details on the group, visit

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