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Chicago's Hispanic and African American communities Struggle to Maintain Strong Socio-Political Alliances


In 1983, the Hispanic and African-American communities helped elect Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor. Washington won over 75% of the Latino vote, with the help of activist and community organizer Rudy Lozano, whom Washington worked closely with throughout his campaign. In this photo, Washington is shown speaking at the commissioning of USS Chicago (SSN-721) in September 1986.

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Chicago's Hispanic and African American communities Struggle to Maintain Strong Socio-Political Alliances

The African-American and Latino communities make up a large part of the overall minority population in Chicago. In fact, in the city, they comprise 60% of the population according to the latest figures from the United States Census Bureau.

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