Celebrate Mayor Harold Washington’s Legacy

Chicago Public Library celebrates the life and legacy of Mayor Harold Washington. This year, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we're taking the celebration online. 

Please join us to recognize Mayor Washington's contributions to Chicago and the impacts they still have on our city:

6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 14
Author David Masciotra: I Am Somebody: Why Jesse Jackson Matters
David Masciotra spent six years interviewing and traveling with Rev. Jesse Jackson. His new book is critical for understanding where America in the 21st Century has come from and where it is going. This event is presented as part of CPL's celebrations of the life and legacy of Mayor Harold Washington, a man who influenced many people, including Rev. Jesse Jackson.

This event will takes place on CPL's YouTube channel and CPL's Facebook page. You'll be able to ask questions during the event. Can't make it to the live stream? We'll archive the video on YouTube to watch later as well.

We're also pleased to announce our new, digital collection of Washington's written speeches, Harold Washington: Selected Speeches Digital Collection. Available online, you can now easily celebrate the life and legacy of Harold Washington all year.