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Roosevelt alumnus honored as civil rights organizer and leader

Posted: 12/03/2013

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 struggle himself.

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