Born: October 30, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan
Status: Retired from public office
Education: Graduate, 1943, Wendell Phillips High School, Chicago, Illinois; B.A. in philosophy, 1951, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois; attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1952-1953
Position: U.S. Army, 1943-1946; organizer, Progressive Party, Chicago, Illinois, late 1940s; journalist, Chicago, Illinois, 1954; chairman, South End Voters' Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 1960s; publisher and editor, Citizen Newspapers, Chicago, Illinois, 1965-1998; U.S. representative from the Second Congressional District of Illinois, Chicago, 1981-1992
Gus Savage was born in Detroit, Michigan, on October 30, 1925, and grew up in Chicago, Illinois, where he learned firsthand about racism and segregation during the 1930s and the Great Depression. These lessons were to color the rest of his life and influence his unceasing battle for civil rights.
After graduating from Chicago's Wendell Phillips High School in 1943, Savage entered the U.S. Army.
When Savage was discharged from the army in 1946, he returned to Chicago and began studies in philosophy at Roosevelt University, from which he graduated in 1951. In addition to