Legacy of Burroughs remembered

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Family, friends and fans gathered Saturday at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel to pay tribute to Dr. Margaret Burroughs.

Family, friends and fans gathered Saturday at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel to pay tribute to Dr. Margaret Burroughs.

“Act now because tomorrow is never promised to anyone. You can sleep when you’re dead,” Eric Toller, Burroughs’ grandson, fondly remembered his grandmother telling him.

Burroughs, co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African-American History, died in November at the age of 95. She also started the South Side Community Art Center and the Lake Meadows Art Fair and was most recently the Chicago Park District Commissioner.

Toller, who said she was just “grandma, and later Dr. B.” to him, said Burroughs always encouraged him to travel abroad.

Several reflected on her legacy, including Dr. Carol Adams, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, Haki Mudhubuti, Dr. Charles Branham and Diane Dinkins-Carr.

John Johnson, a friend of Burroughs’ grandson, and Maggie Brown each gave a solo tribute. Johnson sang “My Funny Valentine” and Brown sang “Black Butterfly.”

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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