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"Every journalist wants to bear witness to history as it is being made. For those of us who covered the tragedies and triumphs of the Harold Washington era, the presence of Antonio Dickey and Marc PoKempner, was part of the scenery, visual and audible confirmation as they snap-snapped their shutters that history was happening here. Thanks to their captured moments, a new generation can share what we saw, guided by the eloquently streetwise narration of another eyewitness, Salim Muwakkil. His perspective, like mine, has only been enriched by the hard-earned lessons of passing time. Time helps one appreciate Harold Washington, not only the first black mayor of a city not always associated with brotherly love, but also as a transformational leader with a prophetic vision and perceptive wit. He was an insightful coalition-builder who broke away from the nation's most notorious big-city machine, challenged its dominance and won. He did not live to lead his great American city into the new century, as he often hoped he would. But he prepared the way for those who do." --Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune columnist and editorial board member
Salim Muwakkil is a senior editor of In These Times and an op-ed columnist for the Chicago Tribune. In the 1980s he wrote exclusively about Harold Washington and politics in Chicago.
Antonio Dickey, a former Chicago Daily Defender photographer, volunteered to serve as the full-time campaign photographer when Harold Washington announced his mayoral candidacy in 1982. He stayed on as official photographer to Chicago mayors and currently works for Richard M. Daley. His work has been exhibited at the Chicago Historical Society, the Harold Washington Library, and other venues.
Independent photojournalist Marc PoKempner is known for his documentation of blues in Chicago, music and life in Cuba, and the work of community-minded corporations seeking to solve social problems. His work is in the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has also had solo exhibitions. He covered Harold Washington nearly full time for the Chicago Reader and the Midwest bureaus of Time and People.