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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With the Honorable Gus Savage

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Journalist and state representative Gus Savage was born October 30, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan. His family moved to the South Side of Chicago five years later. After high school, Savage entered the U.S. Army. He returned to Chicago in 1950, and enrolled in Roosevelt University, earning his B.A. degree in philosophy in 1953. From 1965 to 1980, Savage was owner of The Citizen newspapers. As owner of The Citizen, Savage advocated for equality and black liberation, leading campaigns against the Chicago political machine for equal housing access and civil rights. In 1977, he managed Harold Washington's first bid for mayor, laying the groundwork for Washington's victory six years later. In 1980, Savage was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois' Second District in a surprise win. While serving in Congress, Savage was chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus' Minority Business Braintrust. Savage passed away on October 31, 2015, at age 90.
Performers
Julieanna L. Richardson, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
182 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with The Honorable Gus Savage
The Honorable Gus Savage
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Washington, District of Columbia 2001 April 16.
Description
1 online resource (6 video files (3 hr., 1 min., 11 sec.)) : sound, color
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