CHICAGO (CBS) – Prominent civil rights activist, author and historian Dr Timuel Black has died aged 102.
Dr Black’s widow, Zenobia Johnson-Black, confirmed his death on Wednesday afternoon.
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Few people knew more about Chicago black history than Dr. Black. At 102, he had seen his share.
Dr. Black moved to Bronzeville in 1919 and was one of the first graduates of DuSable High School.
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He walked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, helped elect the late Mayor Harold Washington in 1983, wrote books, and advised many people.
State Street between 49th and 50th streets bears the honorary name of Dr. Timuel Black Street. Dr Black is also the first recipient of the City of Chicago’s Champion of Freedom Award and was the first recipient to be inducted into the Illinois Black Hall of Fame at Governors State University last March.
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Dr. Black had recently started receiving palliative care due to his failing health.