Friday, April 12, 2013
30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HAROLD WASHINGTON BEING ELECTED
Tribune headline on April 13th, 1983 Election of Harold Washington as Mayor of Chicago On this April 12th in 1983, Harold Washington was elected the 51st Mayor of Chicago. He was the first African-American to serve in that office. Washington was born in the Bronzeville neighborhood in 1922. He attended DuSable High School, where he starred on the track team. After Army service in World War II, he earned a B.A. at Roosevelt and a law degree at Northwestern. He got his political start working in Ralph Metcalfe’s 3rd Ward Democratic organization. In 1965 Washington was elected to the Illinois House. Though nominally part of the Chicago Machine, he often showed an independent streak.