Less than a week after the Illinois House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing his life-time accomplishments, Timuel D. Black Jr. passed away. Black, a cultural icon, civil rights activist, historian, author and educator, passed away Oct. 13. Timuel was 102 years old and his passing comes just two months shy of his Dec. 7 birthday. The funeral arrangements are being handled by AA Rayner and Sons (https://aaraynerandsonsfuneralhome.com/).
WHAT: Homegoing services for Timuel D. Black Jr.
WHEN: Thursday and Friday, Oct. 21 and 22, 2021
Thursday: Public Viewing is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at AA Rayner & Sons Funeral Home, 318 E. 71st St., Chicago
Friday: Funeral will be held on Friday, Oct. 22, at Tim’s church, First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 South Woodlawn, Chicago, IL (https://firstuchicago.org/)
Viewing starts at 10 a.m.
The service (Private – Open only to speakers and invited guests) will start at 11 a.m.
The Repast will be held in Hull Chapel at the church.
- PROGRAM WILL BE LIVE STREAMED … DETAILS TO FOLLOW.
- FUNERAL IS PRIVATE – MEDIA WILL NOT BE INVITED INSIDE … ONE POOL CAMERA FOOTAGE TO BE SHARED.
Covid-19 guidelines will be followed.
Fr. Michael Pfleger, Sr. Pastor, St. Sabina Church, will perform the eulogy and program speakers will include:
Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle
Michael Alexander Strautmanis, Executive VP, Public Engagement, Obama Foundation
Peggy Montes, The DuSable Museum of African American History
A public memorial service will be held Dec. 5 at Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke on April 13, 1956, at Tim’s invitation.
Tim lived his life as a social activist with a belief in giving back to his community and a loving devotion for jazz music and telling stories. His was a love for preserving the history of his people. He was a veteran and received many accolades and recognition during his lifetime, including four battle stars and a Croix de Guerre from France, an honorary doctoral degree from his alma mater, Roosevelt University, the University of Chicago’s William Benton Medal for Distinguished Public Service, and the Chicago Champion of Freedom Award. He began organizing and fighting for civil rights and dignity for all people.