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The Honorable Anna Langford

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Lawyer
City Alderman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada, Tunica, Mississippi
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/27/1917
Birth Location:
Springfield, Ohio

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Lawyer
City Alderman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada, Tunica, Mississippi
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/27/1917
Birth Location:
Springfield
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Biography

Chicago alderman and lawyer Anna Langford was born on October 27, 1917 in Springfield, Ohio. Her father, Arthur J. Riggs, died when she was only nine months old and her mother, Alice, died when Langford was eight years old. She lived with her grandmother until 1933, when she moved to Chicago to live with her aunt and uncle. There, she graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1935. Langford attended a trade school to learn office skills and from 1938 to 1956 worked as a typist in the Social Security office, the Election Commissioners Office and in the Office of the Secretary of State.

In February of 1956, after studying for eleven years, she received her J.D. degree from John Marshall Law School at Roosevelt University in Chicago and began an extensive career as a civil rights and criminal lawyer. Langford practiced law throughout the State of Illinois, defended civil rights workers in the 1960s and joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Chicago civil rights marches. In 1963 and 1964, she provided free legal services in many areas, including the State of Mississippi.

In 1971, Langford became the first woman elected to the Chicago City Council. Although she was defeated for reelection in 1975, she returned later to serve two additional terms from 1983, the year she retired from practicing law, until 1991, when she retired from the City Council. She has received numerous humanitarian and civic awards and honors, including being inducted into the Book of Legends by the Black Women Lawyers Association for her immeasurable contributions to the City of Chicago as a lawyer and a public servant.

Anna Langford passed away on September 17, 2008 at the age of 90.

Anna Langford was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 4, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Anna Langford narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Anna Langford narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Slating of Anna Langford's interview
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Anna Langford lists her favorites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Anna Langford talks about her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Anna Langford describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Anna Langford talks about her mother, Alice Riggs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Anna Langford talks about her grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Anna Langford describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Anna Langford talks about meeting her younger brother for the first time
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Anna Langford describes her childhood experiences in Springfield, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Anna Langford talks about getting caught cheating in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Anna Langford describes her experience at Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Anna Langford talks about her son
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Anna Langford describes her early government jobs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Anna Langford talks about her first marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Anna Langford describes starting her own law practice in Chicago, Illinois in 1956
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Anna Langford describes one of her memorable court cases
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Anna Langford talks about her son's education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Anna Langford talks about her experience as a trial lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Anna Langford describes her experience providing legal services in Mississippi in 1963 and 1964, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Anna Langford describes her experience providing legal services in Mississippi in 1963 and 1964, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Anna Langford describes her Civil Rights involvement in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Anna Langford describes attending the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Anna Langford describes her campaigns for Chicago City Council in 1967, 1971, and 1983
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Anna Langford talks about the Council Wars in the Chicago, Illinois City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Anna Langford talks about the Chicago City Council after the death of Mayor Harold Washington in 1987
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Anna Langford talks about the reaction to Chicago's 1987 mayoral election
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Anna Langford talks about her political involvement in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Anna Langford reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Anna Langford talks about The HistoryMakers