Civil rights icon and historian Dr Timuel Black, 102, is in hospice care – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – Civil rights icon and historian, Dr. Timuel Black entered palliative care, according to a GoFundMe set up by his family.

Few people know more about Chicago black history than Dr. Black. At 102, he saw his share.

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Dr. Black moved to Bronzeville in 1919 and was one of the first graduates of DuSable High School.

He walked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, helped elect the late Mayor Harold Washington in 1983, wrote books, and advised many people.

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State Street between 49th and 50th streets bears the honorary name of Dr. Timuel Black Street. Dr Black is also the first recipient of the City of Chicago’s Champion of Freedom Award and was the first recipient to be inducted into the Illinois Black Hall of Fame at Governors State University last March.

“We don’t know how much time Tim has with us, but we want him to be as comfortable and with as much dignity as possible. We owe him that, ”the organizers of GoFundMe wrote. “All funds raised here will go directly to Tim’s wife and loving partner, Zenobia, in order to provide adequate nursing care and help with all necessary expenses during the coming period. Fiercely independent, Zenobia finally agreed. to accept our loving support.

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