By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — Civil rights icon and historian Timuel Black has entered hospice care, according to a GoFundMe set up by his family.

Few people know more about Chicago’s Black history than Timuel Black. At age 102, he has seen his share.

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Black moved to Bronzeville in 1919 and was one of the first graduates of DuSable High School.

He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, helped get the late Mayor Harold Washington elected in 1983, wrote books, and counseled many.

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State Street between 49th and 50th streets carries the honorary name Dr. Timuel Black Street.

Black is also the first recipient of the city of Chicago’s Champion of Freedom award, and was the first honoree inducted into the Illinois Black Hall of Fame at Governors State University this past March.

“We don’t know how much time Tim has with us, but we want him to be as comfortable and with as much dignity as possible. We owe him that,” the GoFundMe organizers wrote. “All of the funds raised here will go directly to Tim’s wife and loving partner Zenobia, in order to provide adequate nursing care, and help with all necessary expenses in the coming period. Fiercely independent, Zenobia has finally agreed to accept our loving support.”

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CBS 2 Chicago Staff