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Chicago’s 2023 Mayoral Race: Reclaiming Harold Washington’s Multiracial Coalition

March 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

Chicago’s 2023 Mayoral Race: Reclaiming Harold Washington Multiracial Coalition

In 1983, Harold Washington forged a multiracial, progressive coalition that propelled him to victory as Chicago’s first Black mayor. Washington’s triumph marked a turning point in U.S. urban politics, one cut short by his tragic death in 1987. Forty years after his stunning victory, a new Chicago mayoral contest raises the question: what can we learn from the Washington era?

Monday, March 27, 2023 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm RSVP for Virtual event:


Juan González, cohost of Democracy Now, and senior fellow at Great Cities Institute


Gordon Mantler, author of The Multiracial Promise: Harold Washington’s Chicago and the Democratic Struggle in Reagan’s America, and executive director of the University Writing Program; associate professor of History at George Washington University.

Jakobi Williams, author of From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago, and Ruth N. Halls associate professor, Department of History; Chair, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University.

Lilia Fernández, author of Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago, and professor of history at University of Illinois Chicago.

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Chicago, IL United States


Great Cities Institute