Magazine article In These Times

Harold (Hal) Baron

Magazine article In These Times

Harold (Hal) Baron

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HAROLD (HAL) BARON passed away in January 2017 at the age of 86, after a long illness.

Although Hal grew up in St. Louis, he spent 65 years in Chicago and strongly identified as a Chicagoan. After earning a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 1963, he served as research director at the Chicago Urban League. As a member of the Chicago Freedom Movement, he was instrumental in providing background research for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he prepared to link the civil rights movement from the South to the North.

From 1970 to 1982, Hal taught in the urban studies program for Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), where he helped nourish a new generation of policy activists.

In 1977, when Harold Washington first ran for mayor of Chicago against Michael Bilandic, Hal worked on the campaign as a strategist and was known as Washington's "idea man," developing position papers and shaping the fundamental thrust of the campaign. …

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