Crusader Staff Report
Black leaders and residents on Monday, participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the crypt of Harold Washington, Chicago’s first Black mayor who died on November 25, 1987. On the 32nd anniversary of Washington’s death, a moment of silence was held at 11 a.m., the time when paramedics were called to City Hall after Washington suffered a massive heart attack while at his desk. He later died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Reverend Jesse Jackson, Chief Judge Timothy Evans, former Alderman Dorothy Tillman and WVON Radio Host Cliff Kelly were among the guests at the ceremony at Oak Woods Cemetery, where Washington is buried. The event was sponsored by the Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Committee.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who became Chicago’s first Black female mayor last May, did not attend the event. An organizer of the event said the mayor was sent a special invite but never responded.The Crusader sent an email to the mayor’s office but never heard back from mayor.
The Crusader emailed the mayor’s office for comment, bu