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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



"This wonderful book of Marc PoKempner's and Antonio Dickey's photographs of Harold Washington and the rocky road he traveled to the Mayoralty, plus the perceptive commentary of Salim Muwakkil -- is a natural for any thoughtful Chicagoan to have around the house. It has everything: charm, wild kicks in the groin by his opponents, and hope. It is a winning book, not only for African-Americans but citizens of all complexions and faiths."--Studs Terkel

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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.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press; 1 edition (October 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810124467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810124462
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul Igasaki on January 5, 2008
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"Harold!" captures the exciting years of polical evolution in Chicago from 1983 to 1989. I was part of Harold's administration, working to bring in Asian Americans and immigrants in a city that was limited by racial boundaries. I worked with the photographers who put this together and their images show what words alone cannot: Harold Washington's magic and the movement behind him, of which I became a part, brought Chicago into a modern reality. In addition to the white ethnic base of the city that the old machine brought in, Harold showed that by going beyond the patronage approach and including the excluded would work for everybody. American politics are still driven by personalities and Harold's made this all possible. Latinos and African Americans (as the book notes- Carole Moseley Braun and now Presidential frontrunner Barack Obama)are now mainstream parts of Illinois' politics. Asians are still working at it and Harold's anniversary rededicates that evolution.
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No one knows the full impact and legacy Harold Washington's mayoralty might have had on the city of Chicago. This book is an excellent history of The Man and The Plan. The greatest thing about Harold Washington's campaign for mayor is that it brought 'Grass Roots' politics and government back to a city that had been run by Machine Politics. Thousands who had been locked out and ignored, and who were in need of government responsive to their needs, finally had their voices heard.
With Harold Washington's passing, that struggle must be taken up anew. This is an excellent book.
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My child used this book as a primary source when doing his history fair project. We both learned a lot from reading this book.
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