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New Roosevelt University Harold Washington Scholarship
Created in honor of Harold Washington's centennial birthday in 2022

Annual Harold Washington Scholarship Legacy Brunch   



 Featured speaker: Julieanna L. Richardson, founder & president of The HistoryMakers

Photo Credit

Photography: Eric Hausman

Art Direction: Kym Abrams

Hand Coloring: Julia Ryan

Permission granted for use on the mhwlc website only


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Roosevelt University Scholarship

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Harold Washington Button and
T-Shirt now available for purchase



The Harold Washington Legacy Committee commemorated the former Chicago mayor on Wednesday , November 22, 2023, with a wreath-laying ceremony at Oak Woods Cemetery.

Harold Washington, who became Chicago's first African American mayor in 1983, died 36 years ago on November 25, 1987, while working in his office.  This ceremony is a way of keeping Harold’s legacy alive.


During the event, speakers highlighted Washington's enduring impact on politics beyond his tenure as mayor, emphasizing his influential role as a prominent voice for the state and the nation.   


They praised Washington as the inaugural organizer of the nation's first Back caucus within the Illinois legislature, acknowledging the substantial advancements he facilitated in healthcare, housing, education, employment, and criminal justice reform and  reiterated the significance of minority representation and the path to empowerment that Washington championed, emphasizing his immeasurable influence on the state.

Washington, who served as Chicago's 51st mayor, was elected to the position in 1983. Prior to his mayoral tenure, Washington held positions in the Illinois State Senate and the Illinois House of Representatives from 1965 to 1976.

The Harold Washington Legacy Scholarship

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About Us

"The Year of Harold: A Centennial Celebration"

The Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Committee designated all of the year 2022 "The Year of Harold: A Centennial Celebration" to commemorate Harold Washington's 100th birthday, which is April 15, 2022.  Many organizations and individuals are planning to sponsor events during that period to honor Harold Washington and to call attention to his centennial birthday.  We invite all to join us.

Photo: Centennial Event Chair Loisteen Walker on the left, MHWLC President Josie Childs on the right

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Who we are

We are a non profit organization whose mission and principles are shaped by our conviction that Harold Washington was one of our nation’s greatest mayors.

Our mission is to contribute to society by working to preserve institutional memory of Harold Washington and perpetuate his legacy.   

What we do

Through a variety of educational and civic activities, we attempt to immortalize the global impact of Harold Washington’s social, civic, political and economic legacy

How we work

Areas of our involvement
                       . . . past events

Voter Registration

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                                    --October 4, 2014

6K VOTER REGISTRATION call to action walk through the neighborhood where Harold Washington lived and worked, passing sites significant to him, and ending on the steps of historic Bethel church.

Prepare the Future

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                                                  -- 2021      A new Roosevelt University scholarship was established in 2021 through a partnership between Roosevelt University and the Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Committee.

Voter Education

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                                -- March 16, 2019

One of our community forums held to interview candidates for elected office; this one, held at Bethel Church,  featured candidates for mayor of Chicago.

Commemorate the Past

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                              --November 25, 2020

Our annual wreath laying ceremony at the gravesite of Harold Washington on the anniversary of his death.

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                                                                                                -- November 14, 2014

Photo of some members of the Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Committee attending a Harold Washington library ceremony at which Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel commemorated a plaque to be mounted on the exterior of that library in honor of Mayor Harold Washington.  The Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Committee was instrumental in getting that plaque project launched.

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