Timuel Black’s wife Zenobia Johnson-Black confirmed the news of his death
Civil rights activist, educator and historian Timuel Dixon Black died on Wednesday October 13th. He was 102 years old. His wife, Zenobia Johnson-Black, confirmed the news of his death. “I just can’t imagine life without him. He supported me so much and was my protector, my confidante. I already miss him,” she said. No cause of death is currently known.
Former President Barack offered his condolences to Timuel Black, saying: “Today we lost an icon with the death of Timuel Black. In his 102 years, Tim was many things: a veteran, historian, author, educator, civil rights activist and philanthropist. Michelle and I send our thoughts to his family and everyone who loved him: “We saw the deaths of many great names in 2021. Bob Moses, Sasha Johnson and Erin Gilmer are just a few.
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‘Rest in Force Timuel Black’
Timuel Black, who for many years was a professor of social sciences at Chicago City Colleges, worked with Dr. He emigrated with his family from Alabama to Chicago in 1919. At the age of 23, Black served in the US Army during World War II. For his exceptional services 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 masters degree from the University of Chicago. In 1963 he helped organize the Chicago contingent of 2,000 people to take part in the historic March on Washington. Black wrote several books, namely “Bridges of Memory” about African Americans Leaving the South and Coming to Chicago in Search of a Better Life, and “Sacred Ground, the Chicago Streets of Timuel Black”.
After his death, Zenobia’s wife, Timuel Black, thanked everyone for their support and said, “My husband would say, just do your best to make this world a better place.” “Tim made his mark on this city, on his friends who knew him and on those who knew him, and he wants his legacy to be an inspiration to people trying to make this world a better place to be. because that’s all he’s tried, “she added.
Tributes to the great icon streamed across social media. One person tweeted, “Today is for Timuel Black, one of the activists, teachers, stakeholders and legends in Chicago’s history. 102 Years of EXCELLENCE! Blessings on the Journey to Ancestors #RIP” Another wrote, “Rest in Power Timuel Black. I had the privilege of hosting a #CivilRights plenary at @kennedyforum with this amazing person. Mr. Black has adorned our world for 102 years and he has never stopped fighting to make it a better one. And that twinkle in his eyes ! #TimuelSchwarz “
One tweet read: “RIP DR TIMUEL BLACK! He lived 102 years, most of which were spent telling our stories. I’m not going to hold you, he helped me and every other black storyteller born and raised in pave the way of this city. INSPIRATION IS NOT THE WORD. “Another person tweeted,” Sorry to see Tim Black passed away at 102 years old. He was a pioneering figure in Chicago’s civil rights and political reform movements. RIP “