Saturday, March 10, 2007
Do you remember where you were on November 25th, 1987…..that dreary day when you heard the griefstricken news about Mayor Harold Washington?
I was in high school and remember all the teachers with this “I can’t believe what I’m hearing” look on their faces. When I asked what happened, a teacher replied in that “state of shock” tone ……“Mayor Washington died”!
Twenty years has passed and as the recent mayoral election has ended, I thought I’d remember our beloved Mayor Harold Washington. History was made over 20 years ago when he was sworn in as Chicago's first black mayor in 1983, changing the face of city politics. Washington's victory made him a national figure overnight and he made several trips to other cities to encourage black voter registration. He also became a role model for black youths. An astounding 400,000+ mourners passed by his casket at City Hall and thousands more lined the nine-mile route from the church to the cemetery where he was buried.
Mayor Harold Washington implemented racial and ethnic diversity in a city government that provided programs and services for all the neighborhoods, especially the neediest. Here are also just a few more accomplishments of what Mayor Washington did for the city of Chicago:
Coalition building between neighborhood groups, and special interest groups
Community development; providing services for neighborhoods including streets,
curbs, and gutter rehabilitation
Creation of the ethics Commission
Opening of government to freedom of Information
More minority business contracts, including the largest in the city’s history, the People
Mover at O’Hare airport
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and please click on the following link to check out actual video coverage from 1987 as well as peoples reaction of just how great this man was and the legacy he left behind.
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One Love Harold,
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
In August 1955, a fourteen year old black boy whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Money, Mississippi. Emmett Till, a teen from Chicago, had experienced segregation in his hometown, but he was unaccustomed to the severe segregation he encountered in Mississippi. That was until days later when he was abducted from his great-uncle’s cabin in Money, Mississippi, beaten and shot to death by two white men who threw the boy's mutilated body into the Tallahatchie River.
A few days later Emmett’s body was found and his mother, Mamie Till, had asked that her son’s body be shipped back to Chicago. She spoke out about Emmett’s brutal death and held an open-casket funeral so that the world could see what they did to her son. Emmett's face was battered beyond recognition and he had a bullet hole in his head. The body had decomposed after spending several days underwater.
Although his killers were arrested and charged with the murder, they were both acquitted quickly by an all-white, male jury. The murder of Emmett Till and the trial of his killers shocked the nation and the world. We at wildwildclothing.com would like to continue to keep this story and his remembrance alive as Emmett Till’s death became the motivation that set off the civil rights movement.