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File #: 16-5743    Version: 1 Name: HONORING THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF WILLIAM GARTH SR.
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 10/4/2016 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 10/5/2016 Final action: 10/5/2016
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF WILLIAM GARTH SR. WHEREAS, Almighty God saw fit to call trailblazing newspaper publisher William Garth Sr. to His side on September 23, 2016; and WHEREAS, William Garth Sr. grew up one of fifteen (15) children in a rural central Alabama town named Bessemer; and WHEREAS, William Garth Sr. began working for the Citizen Newspapers in 1969 as an advertising sales representative; and WHEREAS, William Garth Sr. purchased the Citizen Newspapers chain in 1980 from former Congressman Gus Savage (D-Ill) and turned it into the largest African-American owned newspaper chain in the Midwest. This included the Chatham Southeast Citizen, the South Suburban Citizen, the Chicago Weekend, the Hyde Park Citizen and the South End Citizen; and WHEREAS, William Garth Sr. became the first African-American to be elected chief of a statewide press organization when he was elected chair of the 480-newspaper Illinois Press Association (IPA) in 1996; an...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President)
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

HONORING THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF WILLIAM GARTH SR.

WHEREAS, Almighty God saw fit to call trailblazing newspaper publisher William Garth Sr. to His side on September 23, 2016; and

WHEREAS, William Garth Sr. grew up one of fifteen (15) children in a rural central Alabama town named Bessemer; and

WHEREAS, William Garth Sr. began working for the Citizen Newspapers in 1969 as an advertising sales representative; and

WHEREAS, William Garth Sr. purchased the Citizen Newspapers chain in 1980 from former Congressman Gus Savage (D-Ill) and turned it into the largest African-American owned newspaper chain in the Midwest. This included the Chatham Southeast Citizen, the South Suburban Citizen, the Chicago Weekend, the Hyde Park Citizen and the South End Citizen; and

WHEREAS, William Garth Sr. became the first African-American to be elected chief of a statewide press organization when he was elected chair of the 480-newspaper Illinois Press Association (IPA) in 1996; and

WHEREAS, William Garth Sr. was an active member of the Rainbow/Push Board and publisher of PUSH magazine; and

WHEREAS, William Garth Sr. was a lifetime member of the NAACP; and

WHEREAS, William Garth Sr. was a founding member of the Chatham Business Association; and

WHEREAS, William Garth Sr. founded a scholarship foundation in the name of his late son Quentis Bernard Garth that has disbursed more than $1 million to college students; and

WHEREAS, William Garth Sr. is survived by his wife, Brenda; his son, Darrell; six stepchildren: Robin, Marla, Myron, Bobbie, Schuyler and Kimani; his sisters: Geraldine Burgess, Orangie Garth, and Charlie Garth; his brothers, X Rashid, Robert Sr., Roosevelt, Jessie, Larry, Joseph and Richard; nine grandchildren; 20 step-grandchildren and 24 step-great-grandchildren.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the residents of Cook County, do extend their deepest condole...

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