CHICAGO – Labor organizer, educator, author and civil rights activist Timuel Black Jr. died on Wednesday. He was 102 years old.
Throughout his life, Black has witnessed pivotal events in American and African American history.
He survived the 1918 influenza pandemic and was part of the Great Migration, which brought his family north from Alabama to Chicago. He served as an Army Soldier in World War II and led a contingent from Chicago to the March on Washington in 1963.
Last year, Black witnessed the uprising against racial injustice and police brutality.
“While the struggle continues, I am encouraged by the younger generations, especially of all races and genders,” Black told USA TODAY in February. “They are fighting to make things better economically, socially, politically for everyone, not just for themselves.”