A project manager and human rights activist Timuel Black Jr. died on Oct. 13 is 102 years old.
According to USA Todaydied at the hospital at their home in South Side Chicago. His wife, Zenobia Johnson-Blackhe told the reporter, “I look forward to celebrating his life every day of my life. He was trying to make the world a better place. And he encouraged others to do the same. Then I hope he will be remembered. “
The past President Barack Obama issued a statementwhich says, “Tim has spent decades writing and promoting Black Chicago history. But he also made a lot of history.”
He continued: “During the 102 years of Tim’s life, he had many possessions: a veteran, a historian, a writer, a teacher, a human rights activist, and a humanitarian. Development in one area can be repeated through other areas and cities, and then change the world. “
Black participated in the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009.
Born December 7, 1918, Mobile, Alabama and raised in Chicago, Black served in World War II, studied at Roosevelt University in Chicago and received a degree in sociology in 1952. In addition, he received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1954. . and will eventually teach in City of Chicago colleges.
When he saw Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preaching on TV in December 1955 about a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, he joined a civil rights movement. He soon began working with Drs. King. His influence continued, helping to elect the first black mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington in 1983.
In 2019, Timuel Black Jr. memoir The Holy Place was released.