Harold Washington in His Own Words

The late mayor on “a crisis of leadership in Chicago”; reflecting on the first half of his first term; and discussing the legacy of Richard J. Daley, whose long reign overshadowed Washington’s brief but critical tenure.

A lengthy, three-part interview with Joan McGrath of Dimensions in 1985, at the mid-point of his first term.

Here’s Washington in 1982 addressing “A Crisis of Leadership in Chicago” at UIUC, before he was mayor:

And Washington addressing the great shadow over all mayors of Chicago, the Boss:



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