About Timuel D. Black Jr.
Originally from Alabama, Mr. Timuel Black attended Burke Elementary and DuSable High School in Chicago. Mr. Black was 23 years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed which led him to serve during World War II. He would return from the war and attend Roosevelt University, later receiving a master’s degree from the University of Chicago.
In 1960, Mr. Black worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he came to Chicago to protest housing issues for West Side residents. Mr. Black would go on to help organize thousands of Chicagoans to join the historic March on Washington with Dr. King.
After serving as a Chicago Public Schools teacher, Mr. Black was appointed dean of Wright College in 1969; and held several other roles at City Colleges over the next twenty years, including vice president for academic affairs at Olive-Harvey College, director and chairperson of community affairs, and a professor at Loop College which changed its name to Harold Washington College, in part due to Mr. Black’s influence and advocacy, retiring in 1989.
Mr. Black was instrumental in helping elect Chicago’s first Black Mayor, Harold Washington and the first Black woman elected as a U.S. Senator, Carol Mosely Braun. Later he consulted with then, community organizer, Barack Obama about running for the U.S. Presidency.