'The People's Mayor': Harold Washington's Legacy

Josie Childs

In 1983, Harold Washington made history when he was elected mayor of Chicago, becoming the first African-American to hold the city’s top office. Josie Childs, an aide to Mayor Washington, reflects on Washington’s leadership, his impact on the city and the example he provided for leaders who came after him. Washington passed away during his second term as mayor. To keep his memory alive and advance the mayor’s principles of governance and fairness, Childs formed the Harold Washington Legacy Committee.

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