Timuel Black chronicled and fought for racial and economic justice, and helped generations of youth find their voice and their values in the struggle against oppression and inequality.
CHICAGO, October 13, 2011 — The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement today in wake of news that beloved historian and activist Timuel Black has died at the age of 102:
Timuel Black has been an anchor in the most consequential struggles for racial, social and economic justice of our times. For generations, he marshalled his voice, his wisdom, his humanity and his tireless activism to support movements that ranged from the struggle for voting rights for Black and Brown people, to the most impactful civil rights mobilizations of the last 70 years — including the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. His multi-volume history of the Great Migration stands as one of our nation’s most important chronicles of the struggles of Black families like his, who made the epic trek to Chicago for greater freedom and dignity.
Above all else, he has served as a central pillar in the abiding struggle for racial and economic equity in the city of Chicago and across the nation. He has been a mentor, advocate and voice of hope for countless Chicagoans and people of conscience, giving his entire life to service that supports the needs of the many and the common good of all.
We mourn Tim’s passing, celebrate his immense contributions to the movement, and commit to carrying on his legacy of struggling for dignity and justice for the dispossessed, the disenfranchised and the downtrodden.