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Timuel Black funeral: Private service for Chicago civil rights activist

CHICAGO (WLS) — A private funeral will be held for civil rights activist Timuel Black on Friday.

The Chicago historian and educator died last week at age 102.

Black was a witness to key moments in modern history. His family was part of the Great Migration north, and after experiencing the sting of racism on Chicago’s South Side, he committed his life to calling out and rectifying injustices.

On Thursday afternoon, friends and admirers paid respect to Timuel Black at his wake in Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood.

On Dec. 5, there will be a public memorial at Rockefeller Chapel, the same church which hosted Dr. King at Black’s invitation in 1956.

There will also be a public memorial service in December at the University of Chicago.

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