Tour of the Harold Washington Collection During ALA Annual

The Chicago Chapter of BCALA and the Chicago Public Library’s African American Services Committee invite you to attend a tour of the Harold Washington Collection followed by a reception.

When: Friday, June 23, 2017

Where: The Harold Washington Library Center

400 South State Street

Lower Level Reception Hall

Time: 2:00-4:30pm

See the exhibit (and archives) about Harold Washington, the first African American Mayor of Chicago. Highlights include: the annotated 1982 speech he gave to kick off his campaign for mayor; a letter from Coretta Scott King about his efforts to establish Dr. King’s birthday as a holiday in Illinois; campaign flyers and buttons; documents setting out his goals as Mayor; the architectural model for the Harold Washington Library Center  — and hear his voice fill the exhibit hall in recorded speeches. We also will preview the new exhibit on Rev. Clay Evans, which will open this summer.

Registration is required by Friday, June 16 at the link below:


Emily Guss- President Chgo BCALA

Rodney Freeman-  Asst Commissioner, Central Library Services, Chicago Public Library

Brian O’ Bannon, Commissioner & CEO, Chicago Public Library



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