Celebrating living legend Timuel Black on his 102nd Birthday

This week, Chicago historian and activist Timuel Black celebrated his 102nd birthday.

Among his long list of accomplishments, Black brought Martin Luther King, Jr. to speak at University of Chicago in 1956, he worked on a campaign to get Harold Washington elected as Chicago’s mayor, and he fought tirelessly to end segregation in Chicago’s public schools.

As he told Chicago Magazine, the secret to a long life is “Play some good music, drink a little Merlot, get some sleep, and have something to do tomorrow.”

In this clip, Black is speaking at the Celebration of the Life of Studs Terkel held at the Chicago Cultural Center on January 30, 2009. He speaks about Terkel’s impact and how their civil rights missions aligned. Enjoy this delightful clip of one Chicago treasure celebrating another.

As always, you watch the full speech at Media Burn.

Or, enjoy an in-depth 97-minute interview with Black shot by Kartemquin Films for their 2017 film ‘63 Boycott.



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