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File #: 20-3419    Version: 1 Name: Gorman Brown Jr. Resolution
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 7/23/2020 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 7/30/2020 Final action: 7/30/2020
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION REMEMBERING AND HONORING THE LIFE OF GORMAN BROWN JR. WHEREAS, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom called from our midst Gorman Brown Jr. on Monday, July 13, 2020 at the age of 79; and WHEREAS, Gorman was born on July 11th, 1941 in rural Bovina, Mississippi to Gorman Brown Sr. and Mary L. Brown; and WHEREAS, Gorman always had a destiny that would take him beyond the constraints of his circumstances becoming the first in his family to go to college, attending Alcorn State University, and when funds became limited, he left school coming to Chicago in 1962 where he resided until his death; and WHEREAS, in Chicago, one of the first activities in which he engaged was to seek out a church home, and found one at Hope Presbyterian on 61st and Loomis on Chicago's South Side and was also introduced to the love of his life Martha Jean Williams and were married on June 28th, 1964; and WHEREAS, throughout this period he steadfastly continued to pursue the bachelor's degree...
Sponsors: DONNA MILLER, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), FRANK J. AGUILAR, ALMA E. ANAYA, LUIS ARROYO JR, SCOTT R. BRITTON, JOHN P. DALEY, DENNIS DEER, BRIDGET DEGNEN, BRIDGET GAINER, BRANDON JOHNSON, BILL LOWRY, STANLEY MOORE, KEVIN B. MORRISON, SEAN M. MORRISON, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

REMEMBERING AND HONORING THE LIFE OF GORMAN BROWN JR.

WHEREAS, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom called from our midst Gorman Brown Jr. on Monday, July 13, 2020 at the age of 79; and

WHEREAS, Gorman was born on July 11th, 1941 in rural Bovina, Mississippi to Gorman Brown Sr. and Mary L. Brown; and

WHEREAS, Gorman always had a destiny that would take him beyond the constraints of his circumstances becoming the first in his family to go to college, attending Alcorn State University, and when funds became limited, he left school coming to Chicago in 1962 where he resided until his death; and

WHEREAS, in Chicago, one of the first activities in which he engaged was to seek out a church home, and found one at Hope Presbyterian on 61st and Loomis on Chicago's South Side and was also introduced to the love of his life Martha Jean Williams and were married on June 28th, 1964; and

WHEREAS, throughout this period he steadfastly continued to pursue the bachelor's degree that eluded him at Alcorn, with dreams of becoming a teacher, attending Northeastern Illinois University while working full-time at the Post Office; and

WHEREAS, during a family emergency, the young couple stepped up to the plate and adopted three young cousins Doris, Linda and Henrietta in 1965. They never shirked this obligation and raised the three into adulthood; and

WHEREAS, in 1967, the family celebrated as Gorman realized one of his life's dreams by attaining a bachelor's degree in Education and the birth of the couple's first child Gorman Edward in 1968; A second blessing was added in 1970 with the birth of Kimberly Jean; and

WHEREAS, being a committed member of the community, Gorman realized that his desire to affect change would need to occur with the younger generation, and became a teacher assigned to the Hess Upper Grade Center on Chicago's West Side in 1967, joining his wife in the profession who began teaching in 1963; and

WHEREAS, Gorman's dreams did not st...

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