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Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction

Born: 1918 in Birmingham, Alabama


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Black was raised in Chicago and called it home for the rest of his life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Timuel D. Black is a foremost authority on the Great Migration. He is a nationally-respected educator, political activist, community leader, oral historian, philanthropist, and philosopher. Black has received numerous honors and awards, including the ACLU’s Civil Libertarian of the Year and the City of Chicago’s inaugural Champion of Freedom medal.

He was appointed dean of City Colleges of Chicago’s Wilbur Wright College in 1969, and promoted to vice president of Academic Affairs at CCC’s Olive-Harvey College in 1972. Soon after, Mr. Black was promoted to the new position of director and chairperson of Community Affairs for City Colleges.

The wide-ranging duties of this position allowed Mr. Black to foster relationships between the colleges, communities and private organizations. Due to budget cuts in 1975, Mr. Black’s position was eliminated and he resumed teaching at CCC’s Loop College (now Harold Washington College). He held a professorship there until he formally retired from CCC in 1989.

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