The purpose of the Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Committee founded in 2013, as an educational entity, is to preserve the integrity and authenticity of Harold Washington’s message and highlight how it is being leveraged today.  The 2014 “Mayor Harold Washington: A Legacy Celebrated”, will highlight a series of events and activities that are sustainable beyond a one month celebration, with activities that will immortalize the global impact of the social, political and economic legacy of the Washington administration.


The Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Committee [MHWLC]


“Mayor Harold Washington: A Legacy Celebrated”

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


VIP Reception – 6:00 p.m. – Program – 7:00 p.m.

Harold Washington Cultural Center

4701 South King Drive

Valet Parking Available

Sponsorship $2500 (includes 10 tickets to the VIP Reception with preferred seating and listing in the program

$125 Silver Circle (Includes VIP Reception, Preferred Seating)

$35 General Admission

$25 ‘Friends & Family’ Group Admission [10 or more tickets]

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The purpose of the this event is to continue  to promote Mayor Harold Washington’s Legacy and to raise funds to expand educational and civic engagement projects to preserve the integrity and authenticity of Harold Washington’s social, civic, political and economic legacy globally. We have established the Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Award and three honorees will be recipients of the 2014 Award, Richard L. Barnett, Rudy Lozano Jr., and Darryl Tom Esq.

Featuring: The Chicago Community Chorus (CCC)

Dr. Keith Hampton, renowned founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago Community Chorus (CCC), leads 130singers from all walks of life and varying levels of musical experience. The chorus actively seeks to reflect thediversity of Chicago by the involvement of singers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.  The chorus performs a wide variety of repertoire that includes choral literature by the great composers from the fifteenth century to the present, spirituals, gospel music, jazz, folk music and show tunes. Gale Jones Murphy composed the original work commissioned by Hal Baron, a former advisor of Mayor Harold Washington, in remembrance of Harold Washington.  Visit:

Chicago Community Chorus

Mae Ya Carter Ryan

Mae Ya Carter Ryan, born June 22, 2001 is a twelve year old gifted vocalist unlike any other yet noted in history, she has a magnificent sense of pitch and a powerful yet velvety voice. She is a self taught musical prodigy that arranges her versions of each song she performs, ad-libbing the vocals and the music.Mae Ya Carter-Ryan

Having grown up with a family so devoted to jazz that they literally owned as many albums as a substanital music store. Mae Ya was exposed to the “best”. At age four and a half years old Mae Ya began to listen to music legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Mahalia Jackson and more.

Her mother recalls Mae Ya telling her one day that she would like to sing jazz, she was shocked and asked her to repeat what she said. Mae Ya repeated what she said very slowly saying” I want to sing Jazz, gospel and a little pop like Whitney Houston”.
Mae Ya loves all genres of music and has started classical training.


Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Committee 2014 Co-Chairs

Betsy Berry, is the widow of Edwin C. “Bill” Berry, former head of the Chicago Urban League.  Ms. Berry was introduced to the world of discrimination and segregation while serving as a veteran of the United States Navy, where she taught instrument flight and navigation. After leaving the Navy, she returned home to Chicago, where she began volunteering at the Chicago Urban League. She was instrumental in organizing the beginning of the Golden Fellowship Dinners and Annual Meetings and has been an activist for social justice in her own right. Her late husband, Bill Berry, was a nationally renowned civil rights leader, Executive Director of the Chicago Urban League for 14 years and headed Mayor Harold Washington`s mayoral campaign  and transition team in 1983. At the time, he was Executive Director of the George E. Johnson Foundation, of Johnson Products Company and a pioneer of the modern era of race relations in Chicago and the United States.  Many of his pronouncements later became common themes in the civil rights movement. He looked like anything but a radical activist–a genial, soft-spoken man who always seemed ready to hear other people`s views. And yet, at his death at the age of 76, he had done more to revolutionize race relations in Chicago than a whole brigade of firebrands.

Thomas P. Coffey is Chairman & CEO of The Haymarket Group.  As a lifelong Chicago Democrat, Coffey applied the strategic and communication skills he honed in the courtroom to politics-and served as chief media and issues strategist to the campaign that culminated in the 1983 victory of Congressman Harold Washington to Mayor of the City of Chicago. Upon Washington’s historic election, Coffey left his firm to become the Mayor’s political chief of staff: Director of Intergovernmental Relations. As Director of Intergovernmental Relations, Coffey represented the Mayor and the City before the Chicago City Council, Cook County government, the Illinois Legislature and the U.S. Congress. His responsibilities included managing the City’s relationship with the Board of Education, the Park District, the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and McCormick Place. For 15 months, Coffey was among the most effective political operatives in the Washington Administration.  He was known as the architect of some of the Washington administration`s most notable accomplishments.


Leslie South is the daughter of the late, Wesley South, Co-owner of WVON Radio.  She was elected to the Illinois Appellate Court in 1996 and retired in 2009 after serving for 12 years.  Prior to her election, she was the former Assistant Prosecutor with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Staff Attorney for the Chicago Transit Authority.  Her late father, Mr. South, was the chairman emeritus of Midway Broadcasting Corporation, the parent company of WVON Radio and hosted the popular talk program “Hotline”, and a pioneer voice in African-American talk radio.  He was instrumental in advancing Harold Washington’s mayoral campaign.

Leslie South

Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Committee Recognition Awards


Richard L. Barnett is a legendary independent political organizer and community activist with nearly 60 years of experience primarily on Chicago’s West Side. Barnett was responsible for running the successful campaigns of the late Mayor Harold Washington and countless African-American candidates in Chicago, including the late Alderman Anna Langford, who was the first female Alderman in the history of Chicago, Ald. Mike Chandler, Congressman Danny Davis, Representatives Art Turner Sr. and Jr., and over 30 judges. Mr. Barnett was the quiet force behind a landmark redistricting lawsuit against the City of Chicago and former Mayor Richard M. Daley. Barnett is currently writing a book entitled, “From Richard J. Daley to Richard M. Daley”.  He has also been a constant positive force in the community. Barnett will receive the 2014 Mayor Harold Washington Recognition Award for his continued community activism and organizing skills, as he continues to carry on the legacy of Harold Washington.

Richard Barnett

Rudy Lozano Jr., activist and community organizer, comes from a proud family of political activists.  He is the son of the late slain activist, Rudy Lozano Sr. and Lupe Lozano.  He is a long-time community activist and leader in the Little Village community.  Rudy has been a champion on numerous issues such as: Youth Empowerment, Immigrant and Workers’ rights, Public Education for all, Economic Justice, Multiracial Unity and LGBT rights and has worked in the Latino community for 20 years organizing for political representation and community empowerment.  He currently works for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. His father was an avid Mayor Harold Washington supporter and campaign worker.  In his early twenties, Lozano became an organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Mayor Washington described him as “a man driven by a search for unity among people of all races”. Rudy Lozano, Jr. will receive the 2014 Mayor Harold Washington Recognition Award for his community activism and organizing skills, as he continues to carry on the legacy of his father Rudy Lozano Sr.

Rudy Lozano Jr.

Darryl Tom Esq. is a partner with the Chicago office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer. Mr. Tom is experienced in all areas of public finance and tax-exempt bond practice, and has served as co-bond counsel, issuer’s counsel, and underwriters counsel on municipal finance transactions having represented the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Board of Education, the Chicago Park District, and the Chicago Transit Authority. Mr. Tom was named a 2009 Business Leader of Color by Chicago United and was also a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow from 1999-2000. He serves as director of the Asian American Alliance, director of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, vice president and director of the Chinese American Service League, and past executive vice-president of the Organization of Chinese Americans Chicago Chapter.  Mr. Tom is also a board member of the Erie Family Health Center. He has been heavily involved in the local Asian community.  His late father, Ping Tom, a community activist, was an avid Washington supporter and advisor from the Asian American Community and instrumental in garnering the support of the Asian American Community for Washington’s bid for Mayor in 1983. Under the Washington administration, he served on the Chicago Economic Development Commission and later served on the design team for the Harold Washington Library. Tom will receive the 2014 Mayor Harold Washington Recognition Award for his community activism, as he continues the legacy of his father, Ping Tom.

Darryl Tom Esq.
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