Timuel Black in 2018, when he was interviewed on his 100th birthday. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times file
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Timuel Black, historian, civil rights activist, dies at 102
Activist, educator, historian Timuel Black, the revered elder statesman and griot of Chicago’s Black community, was active in just about every major movement of any notable American era and spent the latter half of his life telling stories from our nation’s blueprint — in oral and literary form.
“I consider Dec. 7, 1918, a famous day in history,” the lifelong labor, political and civil rights activist said of his birth date as he reflected on his storied life at a celebration when he turned 100.
A retired sociology and anthropology professor with City Colleges of Chicago, a former Chicago Public Schools high school history teacher and a pioneer in the independent Black political movement who coined the phrase “plantation politics,” Mr. Black died Wednesday.
“I just can’t imagine life without him. He’s been so supportive and has been my protector, my confidante. I miss him already,” said Zenobia Johnson-Black, his wife of 40 years.
“Tim left his mark on this city, on his friends who knew him and on those who knew of him, and he would like for his legacy to be an inspiration to people who are trying to make this world a better place, because that’s all he tried to do,” his wife said.
The revered community leader and scholar was 102.
Maudlyne Ihejirika has more on the life and legacy of Timuel Black here.
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