Civil Rights Leader, Oral Historian | BA Sociology, ’52
Timuel Black, who recently celebrated his 101st birthday, has dedicated his life to civil rights advocacy. He helped to bring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Chicago and organized thousands of Chicago protestors at the 1963 March on Washington. As an educator, Black helped end segregation in Chicago Public Schools.
“Roosevelt was the first university that publicly made it clear they wanted an integrated college,” Black said. “A reason to go to Roosevelt was because it was so openly inclusive, but the faculty were of such a superior quality that they were the reason to stay.”