Harold Washington

Thirty years ago this week (April 12), Harold Washington was elected the first black mayor of the city of Chicago. He served 4 years as the mayor, and in 1986, we started his reelection campaign. His campaign consultant, David Axelrod, called and asked me to take some pictures for his reelection campaign. So we designed a picture of Harold posed in front of the Picasso sculpture in downtown Chicago. At the appointed time, Harold walked across the street from city hall and posed in front of a group of his constituents. Within a couple of weeks, this picture appeared on billboards and the sides of buses all over the city- the first time that a picture that I took was used that extensively. Harold won reelection, but died in office less than a year later. He was a great mayor, working against unrelenting racial pressure, and was also a great guy!

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