Harold Washington had worked for minority rights and had risen to become mayor of one of the nation’s largest cities.
UPI Radio’s Jeannie Cossolla reports on Chicago, a city thrust into mourning by Washington’s unexpected death …
Harold Washington: "There was a time not long ago if you said you were Chicago, someone would make the crack, 'Al Capone, rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat'; but now anywhere in the world you go, you go to any of those places and you say you're from Chicago, you know what they'll say to you?"
Harold Washington: "'How’s Harold?'"
Jeannie Cossolla: "On November 25th, the 65-year-old Mayor was speaking with his Press Secretary, Alton Miller, when he suffered a massive heart attack … "
Alton Miller: "'He slumped to one side, I thought he was trying to pick something up off the floor, like a pen that he might have dropped, and I quickly realized that he … it was more serious than that.'"
Jeannie Cossolla: "Harold Washington’s funeral was held at a large church on the city’s south side. He was remembered by his friend, the Reverend Jesse Jackson … "
Reverend Jesse Jackson: "'You fought the good fight, Harold. You ran the good race, the strongest last leg we've ever seen.'"
Jeannie Cossolla: "The day after the funeral, Chicago’s City Council held a boisterous, all-night session and elected Eugene Sawyer, the city’s senior black alderman, as Acting Mayor.
"I'm Jeannie Cossolla."