CHICAGO—A statement from the Chicago Teachers Union on the passing of community activist and former Chicago Board of Education member, Joyce Chapman:

“From the Far South Community Action Council to the Pullman Community Development Corporation, Joyce Chapman has been a bright light and the chief cornerstone for working families, students and educators in the Far South and throughout the city of Chicago.

“Whether it was her work uplifting the humanity of vulnerable residents or the heart of service she carried for our city’s children, Chapman represents the best of the city, country and the human spirit. As a member of the Chicago Board of Education, Joyce showed us what is possible if we center the voices of those closest to the pain and ensure that their voices are heard and incorporated into policymaking.”

“While Joyce no longer walks with us here on earth, her legacy lives on in the work of this union, our classrooms and our fight forward for the schools our kids deserve.”

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 30,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the more than 300,000 students and families they serve. The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at