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Civil Rights Activist Timuel Black Jr. Dies At 102
Labor organizer and civil rights activist Timuel Black Jr. died on
Oct. 13 at 102 years old.
Born December 7, 1918, in Mobile, Alabama and raised in Chicago,
Black served in World War II, attended Roosevelt University in Chicago
and received a degree in sociology in 1952.
After seeing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preach on television in
December 1955 about the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, he joined
the civil rights movement. He soon began working alongside Dr. King.
His advocacy continued, helping to elect Chicago’s first Black mayor,
Harold Washington in 1983.
In 2019, Timuel Black Jr.’s memoir Sacred Ground was released.
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