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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Salim Muwakkil  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Born: 1947 in New York

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Salim has lived and worked in Chicago since 1983.

Biographical and Professional Information

Salim Muwakkil is a journalist based in Chicago. He is a senior editor at ''In These Times'' and an op-ed columnist for the ''Chicago Tribune''. Muwakkil writes on African American issues, Middle East politics, and US foreign policy. Currently a Crime and Communities Media Fellow of the Open Society Institute, he also teaches a seminar on race, media, and politics for the Urban Studies Program of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.


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Harold!: Photographs from the Harold Washington Years (Chicago Lives)
ISBN: 0810124467

Northwestern University Press. 2007

This handsome book captures in words and pictures the powerful emotions that circled around one man in Chicago in the early 1980’ s: Harold Washington. More than one hundred pictures, from candid shots on the campaign trail to triumphant public appearances, give readers a window onto a man who won over an entire city. Washington’ s mayoral win represented a faltering of the previously all-powerful Chicago Machine, and his campaign was a part of a larger civil rights crusade that forged unity in the black community in Chicago.

Antonio Dickey and Marc PoKempner were there with Washington throughout 1982-87, Dickey as his campaign and personal photographer and PoKempner on assignment for the New York Times, People, and Time, capturing the force of his personality and the inspiration he brought to Chicago. Their photographs have become the definitive documentation of the Harold years and were featured in the Chicago Historical Society’ s 2003– 2004 exhibit “ Harold Washington: The Man and the Movement.” They were there for his underdog rise, his win, his first term, and his untimely death just seven months into his second term. The year 2007 marks the twentieth anniversary of Washington’ s death, and this loving tribute in words and pictures will keep his message alive for future generations.