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Media Thu Oct 22 2009

Thursday Watch Party: Memory Lane with Harold

I've been working on a city-based research and organizing project for the last six weeks, and in doing so came across these amazing videos.

I remember when Harold Washington died. The sense of sadness over everybody. The television coverage. I remember it. I loved Harold, despite only being vaguely aware of what a Mayor even was. He was the grandfatherly face with the big smile on the TV. Also, he kind of looked like Ossie Davis.

Let's start with a young Walter Jacobson and a young Bill Kurtis throwing it to a young Phil Ponce (and a young Robin Robinson) the night Mayor Washington took control of the City Council, thanks to a run-off victory by a fiery 26th Ward aldermanic candidate named Luis Gutierrez.

More after the jump.

Harold honoring Polish Constitution Day, the day after his "takeover" of the City Council:

Harold speaking about race and racism in Skokie--this was when the Nazis still did their annual rally there.

 
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