Roosevelt alumnus honored as civil rights organizer and leader
Roosevelt University alumnus Timuel Black (BA, ’50), one of
the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington, was honored
in Washington, D.C., by President Barack Obama in August.
Fifty years after the march, Black and other organizers
returned to the U.S. Capitol at the request of the Obama
administration to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin
Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and to reflect on
progress made toward fulfilling King’s dream.
An historian, educator, author and civil rights activist, Black
worked alongside King and was heavily involved in King’s
Chicago Freedom Movement. As president of the Chicago
chapter of the Negro American Council, Black organized
Chicagoans’ participation in the 1963 March on Washington.
Black, 94, urged youths to get involved in the continuing
struggle for civil rights and he vowed to continue the