|Harold Washington (1922-1987) was the first Black mayor of Chicago. More than
that, he was elected by social movements that converged into a campaign to bring
progressive politics to Chicago City Hall. There is no better time to launch this website
than during the mayoral campaign 23 years after his death. The crisis now is whether we
have forgotten the politics of Harold Washington and will be forced to elect a candidate
that Harold Washington would have rejected. So, the first issue is to find out more about
the politics of the Harold Washington campaign and his mayoral administration.
This website contains the collective work of Peoples College, an organization of movement activists based in Black Studies. We took the campaign seriously just as we criticized it, worked within it, and have since kept its memory alive. We have presented here digital files of our work:
This campaign was critical because it proved the following:
Today we are involved in another mayoral race in Chicago (Fall, 2010). We hope that these materials will be of use to people engaged in the politics of this time.