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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Historian
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Meat, Bran, Rye, Cornbread
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Conferences
Favorite Quote:
I like the sunrise because it brings a new day.

Birthplace

Born:
12/7/1918
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Historian
History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Meat, Bran, Rye, Cornbread
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Conferences
Favorite Quote:
I like the sunrise because it brings a new day.

Birthplace

Born:
12/7/1918
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Timuel Black was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on December 7, 1918, but was raised in Chicago – a place he loves to call home. He is a revered and highly respected educator, political activist, community leader, oral historian and philosopher.

After matriculating from Burke Elementary School and DuSable High School in Chicago, Black enrolled at Roosevelt University. There, he received his bachelor's degree. Black also later earned a master's degree from the University of Chicago. One of his first jobs involved working as a field representative for the Metropolitan Burial Society.

After being drafted into the Army during World War II, Black returned to school and became a social worker. He has taught at a variety of high schools as well as colleges and universities. He is a pioneer in the independent black political movement and coined the phrase "plantation politics." Timuel Black has run for public office several times, including campaigns for Chicago's 4th Ward alderman, state senator of the 22nd District and state representative of the 22nd District. Black has spent his life furthering the cause of social justice. Black has recently completed a book, Bridges of Memory: Chicago's First Wave of Great Migration. The book chronicles black Chicago history from the 1920s to the present, and is based on interviews he conducted.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Timuel Black Interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Timuel Black's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Timuel Black talks about his first interest in state politics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Timuel Black describes the Progressive Party's goals for social change in the early Twentieth Century
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Timuel Black discusses constituent-representative relationships in black politics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Timuel Black talks about the political atmosphere on the South Side of Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Timuel Black describes how the second Great Migration affected Chicago politics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Timuel Black talks about pioneering black politician Oscar DePriest
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Timuel Black talks of Chicago politics and the legacies of black legislators
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Timuel Black details how the Democratic Machine got Richard J. Daley elected
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Timuel Black recounts the activities of the Democratic Machine in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Timuel Black recalls events that paved the way for Chicago's first black mayor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Timuel Black talks about the political infighting in Chicago's black community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Timuel Black talks more about the political infighting of the black community in Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Timuel Black talks about the current political state of affairs for blacks in Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Timuel Black discusses his hopes for the black community in the 21st century
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Timuel Black ponders how the poor and impoverished will get a political voice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Timuel Black continues to discuss his hopes for the black community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Timuel Black gives his thoughts on the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Timuel Black talks about his parents' background
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Timuel Black talks about his ancestors' origins
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Timuel Black discusses his parents' stories about his ancestors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Timuel Black explains his family structure
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Timuel Black talks about his mother's personality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Timuel Black talks about his father's personality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Timuel Black recalls what he's inherited from his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Timuel Black describes his personality as a child
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Timuel Black talks about his mother's attitudes about education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Timuel Black talks about his experiences in World War II and his decision to get an education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Timuel Black recalls his early interest in social change
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Timuel Black describes racist behavior in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Timuel Black recalls his experiences at Roosevelt University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Timuel Black describes teaching in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Timuel Black explains how all social issues are interrelated
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Timuel Black talks about his early schooling and his mother's attitude towards education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Timuel Black recalls his personality and social life in high school
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Timuel Black describes how his socializing revolved around the music scene
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Timuel Black details his activities after high school
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Timuel Black talks about his job experiences before getting drafted into the Army
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Timuel Black talks about his involvement in the various social movements
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Timuel Black details his early involvement in politics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Timuel Black details his teaching experience and the racial climate while teaching in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Timuel Black talks more about racial experiences he encountered in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Timuel Black talks about the school's attempt to remove him and his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Timuel Black ponders what his parents' impressions of his character would be
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Photo - Timuel Black's brother, Walter Black; Richard Hatcher, Mayor of Gary, Indiana; and Robert Ming, ca. 1967
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Photo - Timuel Black, 1968-1969
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Photo - Timuel Black's parents, Mattie McConner Black and Timuel Dixon Black, Sr., 1950s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Photo - Timuel Black's daughter, Emetra Black, not dated
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Photo - Timuel Black's son, Timuel Kerrigan Black, 1970s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Photo - Timuel Black, his wife, Zenobia Johnson-Black and Jesse Brown, Chicago, Illinois, not dated
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Photo - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Timuel Black and labor leaders in Chicago, Illinois, 1960s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Photo - Timuel Black, U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. and unidentified man, 1970s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Photo - Timuel Black and A. Philip Randolph, Chicago, Illinois, 1970s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Photo - Another view of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Timuel Black and labor leaders in Chicago, Illinois, 1960s