HAROLD WILLMINGTON PDF

Thank God for him God truly planted a marker in the ages when He chose Dr Wilmington to point the way for His sheep. Thomas Minter March 14, I can remember hearing a class lecture by Dr. Willmington and thinking what a biblical phenomenon. With as much biblical depth that he possessed, he still was able to deliver the word with such practicality that even the baby christian could appreciate biblical riches. The most profound thing that I remember him teaching in evangelism to help us be able to teach others is, " All we are is one group of beggars telling another group of beggars where we found bread!

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Following his discharge in , he began farming with his wife Rebecca Neal in Ballard County, Kentucky. In , their first son, Roy L. In , shortly after both families moved to Massac County, Illinois , the elder Washington died. Church, serving numerous churches in Illinois until the death of his wife in Reverend I. Washington died in A lawyer, he became one of the first black precinct captains in the city, and a Methodist minister.

Bertha left the family, possibly to seek her fortune as a singer, and the couple divorced in Bertha remarried and had seven more children including Ramon Price, who was an artist and eventually became chief curator of The DuSable Museum of African American History. Harold Washington grew up in Bronzeville , a Chicago neighborhood that was the center of black culture for the entire Midwest in the early and middle 20th century.

Edward and Harold stayed with their father while Roy Jr and Geneva were cared by grandparents. After attending St Benedict the Moor Boarding School in Milwaukee from to , Washington attended DuSable High School , then a newly established racially segregated public high school, and was a member of its first graduating class. In a citywide track meet, Washington placed first in the meter high hurdles event, and second in the meter low hurdles event.

Between his junior and senior year of high school, Washington dropped out, claiming that he no longer felt challenged by the coursework. He worked at a meatpacking plant for a time before his father helped him get a job at the U. Treasury branch in the city.

There he met Nancy Dorothy Finch, whom he married soon after; Washington was 19 years old and Dorothy was 17 years old. Seven months later, the U. Military service[ edit ] In , Washington was drafted into the United States Army for the war effort and after basic training, sent overseas as part of a racially segregated unit of the U.

Army Air Corps unit of Engineers. After the American invasion of the Philippines in , on Leyte Island and later the main Luzon island, Washington was part of a unit building runways for bombers, protective fighter aircraft, refueling planes, and returning damaged aircraft.

Army Air Forces. Roosevelt College[ edit ] In the summer of , Washington, aged 24 and a war veteran, enrolled at Roosevelt College now Roosevelt University. At the first regional meeting of the newly founded National Student Association in the spring of , Washington and nine other delegates proposed student representation on college faculties, and a "Bill of Rights" for students; both measures were roundly defeated.

The probe of investigation would outlaw the Communist Party and require "loyalty oaths" for teachers. His friends said that he had a "remarkable ability to keep cool", reason carefully and walk a middle line. Washington intentionally avoided extremist activities, including street actions and sit-ins against racially segregated restaurants and businesses.

In addition to his activities at Roosevelt, he was a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. During this time, Washington was divorced from Dorothy Finch. By some accounts, Harold and Dorothy had simply grown apart after Washington was sent overseas during the war during the first year of his marriage. Others saw both as young and headstrong, the relationship doomed from the beginning. As at Roosevelt, he entered school politics.

Overall, Washington stayed away from the activism that defined his years at Roosevelt. During the evenings and weekends, he worked to supplement his GI Bill income. He received his JD in Richard J. Daley was elected party chairman in Daley replaced C. Wimbush, an ally of William Dawson , on the party committee with Metcalfe.

At YD conventions, the 3rd Ward would push for numerous resolutions in the interest of blacks. Eventually, other black YD organizations would come to the 3rd Ward headquarters for advice on how to run their own organizations. Like he had at Roosevelt College, Washington avoided radicalism and preferred to work through the party to engender change. He thrived on it, and I knew any thoughts of marriage would have to wait.

I just knew the day would come. In its first election, Bentley drew 60, votes for city clerk. The endorsement of the League was deciding factor in the re-election of Leon DesPres who was an independent voice in the City Council. Washington was a close friend of the founders of the League and worked with them from time to time. In the group moved to racially integrate and formed Protest at the Polls at a citywide conference which Washington independent candidates had gained traction within the black community, winning several aldermanic seats.

By then, the YDs were losing to independent candidates. With the Republicans and Democrats combining to slate only candidates, independent voting groups seized the opportunity to slate candidates. The Third Slate was then thrown out by the Illinois Election Board because of "insufficient signatures" on the nominating petitions.

In the election, Washington received the second-largest amount of ballots, behind Stevenson. The aim of the AAPL was to fight racism directed against minority officers by the rest of the predominantly white department.

Soon after the creation of the group, Robinson was written up for minor infractions, suspended, reinstated, and then placed on the graveyard shift to a single block behind central police headquarters. Robinson approached Washington to fashion a bill creating a civilian review board, consisting of both patrolmen and officers, to monitor police brutality.

Washington believed he had the support of John Touhy , Speaker of the House and a former party chair. In addition, he worked on a state Civil Rights Act, which would strengthen employment and housing provisions in the federal Civil Rights Act of In his first session, all of his bills were sent to committee or tabled.

Like his time in Roosevelt College, Washington relied on parliamentary tactics e. He was found guilty and sentenced to 36 days in jail. He passed a resolution honoring Metcalfe, his mentor. He also passed a resolution honoring James J. Reeb , a Unitarian minister who was beaten to death in Selma, Alabama by a segregationist mob. After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The third bill he introduced, which was passed and signed Gov.

Richard Ogilvie, made Dr. He only received votes from himself and from Lewis A. Redmond after 92 rounds of voting. Legislators rewrote all of the human rights laws in the state, restricting discrimination based on "race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status, sexual orientation, or unfavorable discharge from military service in connection with employment, real estate transactions, access to financial credit, and the availability of public accommodations.

The new constitution required all governmental agencies and departments to be reorganized for efficiency. Republican governor James R. Thompson reorganized low-profile departments before his re-election in Some Democratic legislators would oppose any measure backed by Washington, Thompson and Republican legislators. For many years, human rights had been a campaign issue brought up and backed by Democrats.

On May 24, , the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 59 to 1, with two voting present and six absent. State Representative Susan Catania insisted on attaching an amendment to allow women guarantees in the use of credit cards. This effort was assisted by Carol Moseley Braun , a representative from Hyde Park who would later go on to serve as a U. State Representatives Jim Taylor and Larry Bullock introduced over one hundred amendments, including the text of the first ten amendments to the U.

Constitution, to try to stall the bill. On June 30, , the legislature adjourned. House — [ edit ] In , Washington was elected to the U. He defeated incumbent Representative Bennett Stewart in the Democratic primary. Washington missed many House votes, an issue that would come up in his campaign for mayor in Others, including Congressman Henry Hyde , had submitted amendments designed to seriously weaken the power of the Voting Rights Act.

Although he had been called "crazy" for railing in the House of Representatives against deep cuts to social programs, Associated Press political reporter Mike Robinson noted that Washington worked "quietly and thoughtfully" as the time came to pass the act.

During hearings in the South regarding the Voting Rights Act, Washington asked questions that shed light on tactics used to prevent African Americans from voting among them, closing registration early, literacy tests, and gerrymandering. After the amendments were submitted on the floor, Washington spoke from prepared speeches that avoided rhetoric and addressed the issues. Jane Byrne could not find one serious candidate to run against Washington for his re-election campaign.

He had collected , signatures to get on the ballot, although only signatures 0. With his re-election to Congress locked up, Washington turned his attention to the next Chicago mayoral election.

Daley , son of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley , finished a close second. Harold Washington had massive majorities on the South and West Sides. Southwest Side voters overwhelmingly supported Daley. Although winning the Democratic primary was normally considered tantamount to election in heavily Democratic Chicago, after his primary victory Washington found that his Republican opponent, former state legislator Bernard Epton earlier considered a nominal stand-in , was supported by many high-ranking Democrats and their ward organizations, including the chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, Alderman Edward Vrdolyak.

Washington, on the other hand, stressed reforming the Chicago patronage system and the need for a jobs program in a tight economy. In the April 12, , mayoral general election, Washington defeated Epton by 3.

Washington was sworn in as mayor on April 29, , and resigned his Congressional seat the following day. First-term challenges included city population loss and a massive decrease in ridership on the Chicago Transit Authority CTA.

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