Timuel Black’s wife, Zenobia Johnson-Black confirmed the news of his demise
Civil Rights activist, educator and historian, Timuel Dixon Black died on Wednesday, October 13. He was 102 years old. His wife, Zenobia Johnson-Black confirmed the news of his demise. “I just can’t imagine life without him. He’s been so supportive and has been my protector, my confidante. I miss him already, ” she said. No cause of death is known at the moment.
Former President Barack paid condolences to Timuel Black and said, “Today, we lost an icon with the passing of Timuel Black. Over his 102 years, Tim was many things: a veteran, historian, author, educator, civil rights leader, and humanitarian. Michelle and I send our thoughts to his family, and everyone who loved him.” We have witnessed the demise of many great names in 2021. Bob Moses, Sasha Johnson, and Erin Gilmer are to name a few.
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Today, we lost an icon with the passing of Timuel Black. Over his 102 years, Tim was many things: a veteran, historian, author, educator, civil rights leader, and humanitarian. Michelle and I send our thoughts to his family, and everyone who loved him. https://t.co/EDxgIGbZHB
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 13, 2021
Timuel Black, who was a professor of social science for many years at the City Colleges of Chicago, worked with Dr Martin Luther King Jr in the housing issues protest for poor residents living on Chicago’s West Side. He migrated with his family to Chicago from Alabama in 1919. At the age of 23, Black served the US army during World War II. For his exceptional service, he was awarded four Battle Stars, a War Cross and the National Order of the Legion of Honor. Upon his return, Black attended Roosevelt University and received a master’s degree at the University of Chicago. In 1963, he helped organize the Chicago contingent of 2,000 people that would attend the historic March on Washington. Black wrote several books namely, ‘Bridges of Memory’ about African Americans who left the South and came to Chicago in search of a better life, and ‘Sacred Ground, the Chicago Streets of Timuel Black’.
Following his demise, Timuel Black’s wife, Zenobia thanked everyone for their outpouring of support, and said, “My husband would say, just do your best to help this world be a better place.” “Tim left his mark on this city, on his friends who knew him and on those who knew. Brinkwire Brief News.