It was billed as a “Retirement Celebration” for Dr. Conrad Worrill, Director and Professor at Northeastern Illinois University’s Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, but after each speaker it seemed more like a “roast.” Parkway Ballroom was at capacity on October 22, 2016, as a Who’s Who in Black Chicago turned out to say “thank you” to a man who has given so much politically, culturally and educationally. Politicians, schoolmates, businessmen and women all, paid homage to this great man. Minister Louis Farrakhan came, but did not speak; Elzie Higginbottom, long-time friend of Conrad’s was a major contributor to the event. Beautiful music was provided by Dee Alexander and Joan Collaso, food was abundant and drinks flowed. Many of Conrad’s relatives from Pasadena, California and Ohio traveled here to participate in the festivities, and his wife, Mrs. Talibah Worrill and his brother Oscar Worrill paid tribute to Conrad. And to top it all off Dr. Harold Pates bestowed the “Initiation into Elderhood” for now Elder Worrill.