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

"The Year of Harold: A Centennial Celebration" 

Throughout the year 2022 in honor of Harold Washington's 100th birth date on April 15, 2022

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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Year of Harold
A Centennial Celebration



Roosevelt University Scholarship

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Harold Washington Button and
T-Shirt now available for purchase


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The Harold Washington Legacy Scholarship

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About Us

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.

"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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