All invited to remember Chicagoâ€™s first black mayor
By Chinta Strausberg
AtÂ 11:01 a.m., Monday, November 25, 2013,the Harold Washington Legacy Committee, is holding a wreath laying ceremony in honor of the late Mayor Harold Washington at the Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 E. 67th St., Chicago, IL where he was buried 26-years ago.
The gravesite ceremony will include a gun salute, a color guard ceremony from several high schools, and a host of â€œ Haroldâ€™s friends and supporters.
It has been 26-years since Mayor Washington, Chicagoâ€™s first African American mayor, left a Fourth Ward townhouse ground breaking ceremony and within a half-hour fell ill at his City Hall desk. He was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at the age of 65, and Chicago politics has never been the same since.
â€œIt is good that the Chicago community has not forgotten the man, the moment and the movement though he passed away 26-years ago. We still remember him and his legacy to the city of Chicago, and weâ€™re hoping that people will come out to celebrate that legacy,â€ said Robert Starks, a board member of the Harold Washington Legacy Committee and professor emeritus of the Northeastern Illinois University.
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.