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The Honorable Bobby Rush

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Activist
U.S. Congressman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
God Bless You.

Birthplace

Born:
11/23/1946
Birth Location:
Albany, Georgia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Political Activist
U.S. Congressman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
God Bless You.

Birthplace

Born:
11/23/1946
Birth Location:
Albany
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Biography

Congressman Bobby Rush, a legendary figure in modern African American politics, exhibited extraordinary leadership long before his 1992 election to Illinois' First Congressional District. Rush was born in Albany, Georgia, in November 23, 1946, under extremely segregated conditions. Rush’s family moved to Chicago in 1953, when he was seven years old.

In 1963, at the age of seventeen, Rush enlisted in the U. S. Army and served honorably until 1968. Later, Rush made history when he formed the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party after having been inspired by the activism of Stokely Carmichael and others. During this time, Rush formed the Free Medical Clinic in Chicago. It was later that Rush would confront the political establishment with a more traditional approach.

Rush ran for alderman of Chicago's Second Ward in 1975, but lost the election. Rush later won that same seat in 1983; and he continued to serve as an alderman until 1992, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rush participated on the subcommittees on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protections, and Energy and Power, as well as on the House Committee on Commerce. These three entities accounted for three-quarters of all national legislation. During his term, Rush served as member of the U.S. delegation of the North Atlantic Assembly, and sponsored many community-based initiatives.

In 1999, Rush ran for mayor of Chicago, but he lost to Richard M. Daley.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Bobby Rush interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bobby Rush's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bobby Rush remembers his parents and siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bobby Rush recalls his early childhood in Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bobby Rush recalls his family's move from Georgia to Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bobby Rush recalls his mixed Near North Side neighborhood in Chicago during his youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bobby Rush revisits his now-gentrified childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bobby Rush remembers his childhood heroes and dreams
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Slating of Bobby Rush interview
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bobby Rush talks about the first slaves brought to America
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bobby Rush discusses his teenage interests in sports and music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bobby Rush describes social networks from his youth in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bobby Rush remembers the musical talent and close-knit community on Chicago's Near North Side
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bobby Rush remembers a dedicated Boy Scout leader
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bobby Rush recalls receiving support from community members
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bobby Rush compares the quality of life for youth in 1950s Chicago with that of today
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bobby Rush discusses leaving high school and enlisting in the military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bobby Rush recalls his army enlistment and basic training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bobby Rush talks about his military service and a racist lieutenant
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bobby Rush discusses his involvement with SNCC's Chicago branch
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bobby Rush discusses the rise of black nationalism in SNCC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bobby Rush describes founding the Black Panther Party's Chicago chapter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bobby Rush explains how his group became the official Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bobby Rush recalls Fred Hampton, the Chicago Black Panthers' social programs and the assassination of Hampton and Clark
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bobby Rush discusses the Black Panther Party's direction after 1969
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Bobby Rush's interview, session 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Bobby Rush talks about Fred Hampton
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Bobby Rush remembers joining the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Bobby Rush recalls opening a Black Panther Party office in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Bobby Rush remembers the arrest of two Black Panther Party members
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Bobby Rush describes the formalization of the Black Panther Party's Illinois chapter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Bobby Rush describes the programs sponsored by the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Bobby Rush remembers the assassination of Fred Hampton, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Bobby Rush talks about the impact of Fred Hampton's assassination, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Bobby Rush talks about the naming of Margaret T. Burroughs Beach in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Bobby Rush remembers the assassination of Fred Hampton, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Bobby Rush remembers living under the threat of violence
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Bobby Rush recalls the aftermath of Fred Hampton's assassination
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Bobby Rush talks about the impact of Fred Hampton's assassination, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Bobby Rush recalls the changes to the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Bobby Rush talks about the relationships between the Black Panther Party and other organizations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Bobby Rush describes the philosophy of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Bobby Rush talks about the leadership of the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Bobby Rush describes his decision to attend Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Bobby Rush remembers his transition to electoral politics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Bobby Rush talks about the impact of the free breakfast for children program
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Bobby Rush talks about the members of Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Bobby Rush describes his decision to leave the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Bobby Rush remembers the start of his political career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - The Honorable Bobby Rush talks about Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - The Honorable Bobby Rush remembers the mayoral campaign of Harold Washington
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - The Honorable Bobby Rush reflects upon the leadership of Mayor Harold Washington