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File #: 18-6401    Version: 1 Name: COMMEMORATING THE EXCEPTIONAL LIFE AND MANY TRAILBLAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF EVANSTON MAYOR LORRAINE HAIRSTON MORTON
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 10/11/2018 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 10/16/2018 Final action: 10/16/2018
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING THE EXCEPTIONAL LIFE AND MANY TRAILBLAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF EVANSTON MAYOR LORRAINE HAIRSTON MORTON WHEREAS, Lorraine Hairston Morton, dedicated community advocate, lifelong educator, groundbreaking teacher and principal and much beloved mayor of the City of Evanston died at the age of 99 leaving behind a devoted family, countless friends and a community profoundly enriched for having known her; and WHEREAS, Lorraine H. Morton was the beloved mayor of Evanston, who served from 1993 to 2009, she was also the city's first African-American mayor, she was the city's first Democratic mayor and was the longest-serving mayor; and WHEREAS, Lorraine H. Morton was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the youngest child of Keziah Hairston, a schoolteacher, and William Patrick Hairston, a prosperous businessman who helped found the Winston Mutual Life Insurance Company, which is still operated as the Golden Gate Insurance Company; and WHEREAS, Lorraine...
Sponsors: LARRY SUFFREDIN, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), LUIS ARROYO JR, RICHARD R. BOYKIN, JERRY BUTLER, JOHN P. DALEY, DENNIS DEER, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, BRIDGET GAINER, JESÚS G. GARCÍA, GREGG GOSLIN, EDWARD M. MOODY, STANLEY MOORE, SEAN M. MORRISON, TIMOTHY O. SCHNEIDER, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

COMMEMORATING THE EXCEPTIONAL LIFE AND MANY TRAILBLAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF EVANSTON MAYOR LORRAINE HAIRSTON MORTON

WHEREAS, Lorraine Hairston Morton, dedicated community advocate, lifelong educator, groundbreaking teacher and principal and much beloved mayor of the City of Evanston died at the age of 99 leaving behind a devoted family, countless friends and a community profoundly enriched for having known her; and

WHEREAS, Lorraine H. Morton was the beloved mayor of Evanston, who served from 1993 to 2009, she was also the city's first African-American mayor, she was the city's first Democratic mayor and was the longest-serving mayor; and

WHEREAS, Lorraine H. Morton was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the youngest child of Keziah Hairston, a schoolteacher, and William Patrick Hairston, a prosperous businessman who helped found the Winston Mutual Life Insurance Company, which is still operated as the Golden Gate Insurance Company; and

WHEREAS, Lorraine H. Morton received a bachelor degree in education from Winston-Salem State University and a master's degree in education from Northwestern University. She met her husband, Dr. James T. Morton, Jr., as a graduate student at Northwestern University. After she was married, she and her husband moved to Tuskegee, Alabama, where he worked with the Tuskegee Airmen; and

WHEREAS, she moved back to Evanston in 1953, when her husband began working as a clinical psychologist with the Veteran's Administration and at Evanston Hospital; and

WHEREAS, Lorraine H. Morton will long be remembered for spearheading the desegregation of Evanston's public schools as a teacher and school principal. She was one of the first teachers to break the color barrier at Nichols Middle School, at a time when Evanston was integrated statistically, but not geographically. She championed desegregation efforts and demanded equity in all Evanston's schools. She was the first African-American principal at Haven M...

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