The Living Legends Mural honors three unsung community and civil rights activists who were hand-picked by the Parks Advisory Council: Timuel Black, Jr., Rosie Simpson and Reverend Helen Sinclair. These individuals had important influences on Black and minority communities around Chicago, including Kenwood, the neighborhood where Houston Park is located.
- Timuel Black Jr. is a civil rights activist who organized Chicago’s participation in the March on Washington in 1963. He is a retired teacher who taught at Chicago Public Schools, City College of Chicago and the University of Chicago. He also filed a lawsuit claiming discrimination against minority voters in the use of punch card ballots during the 2000 election.
- Rosie Simpson is an education activist who participated in the 1963 boycott and march from Chicago Public Schools which protested segregation policies that were put in place that year.
- Reverend Helen Sinclair is the daughter of Jessie “Ma” Houston, was a prison chaplain at Statesville Correctional Center and a founding member of Operation PUSH, a social justice organization.
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