Harold Washington

NBC Chicago Commemorates Harold Washington's Life and Legacy on His 100th Birthday

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In honor of Harold Washington’s centennial birthday, NBC Chicago will shine a light on the late mayor’s life and legacy starting Friday, April 15 on NBC Chicago’s channel on Peacock. From Washington’s historic election and reign as Chicago’s first Black Mayor to his shocking death, back-to-back news stories will stream all weekend long.

The marathon coverage will include an original NBC Chicago documentary where NBC 5 Investigates Reporter Phil Rogers chronicles the shock, grief and political chaos following the sudden death of Harold Washington in 1987.

Plus, Reporter LeeAnn Trotter will lead a virtual roundtable discussion on The Legacy of Harold Washington. Panelists will share Washington’s defining moments that shaped Chicago amid racial tensions, giving viewers deeper perspective on what Chicago was like in the 1980s. This will stream on the NBC Chicago website and app beginning at noon Friday and will be available for viewing after.

Panelists include:

  • David Orr: longtime former Cook County Clerk who served as vice mayor under Harold Washington. Orr ultimately took over for Mayor Washington immediately following his death.
  • Don Rashid: Assistant Press Secretary during Harold Washington’s administration who facilitated logistics for broadcast media coverage.
  • Hermene Hartman: one of few African American women in publishing, Hartman is the founder of NDigo magapaper. She currently hosts the TV show “NDigo Studio,” which airs on NBC 5.
  • Emma Lozano: a grassroots community activist and pastor at United Lincoln Methodist Church in Pilsen, who along with her late brother Rudy, helped register thousands of voters in an effort to help convince Washington to run for office. 

“To understand Chicago history, you have to know the story of Harold Washington. His legacy is still felt today. At NBC 5, we’re proud to spotlight Mayor Washington’s efforts to unify a divided city and open opportunities for other Black politicians,” said Frank Whittaker, Station Manager and Vice President of NBC 5 News.

Harold Washington Marathon Coverage Schedule on Peacock:

Friday, April 152 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 163 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 168 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 173 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 178 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

To stream on Peacock, viewers will need to sign up and log on the Peacock app, select the “channels” tab, scroll through the channels and select “NBC Chicago News.” For detailed instructions, click here. Digital stories will also be available on NBCChicago.com, NBC Chicago’s free mobile app and NBC Chicago’s channel on Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire and Samsung. Additionally, on-air newscasts will cover Harold Washington’s legacy on Friday, April 15. Political Reporter Mary Ann Ahern will take a closer look at Harold Washington’s significant contributions through the lens of those who were closest to the late mayor.

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