March 12, 2015

Statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the Passing of Reverend Willie T. Barrow

Mayor's Press Office    312.744.3334

“Today all Chicagoans mourn the passing of Reverend Willie T. Barrow.

From a teenager who demonstrated for equality in the segregated south to a revered Chicago icon who helped to found Operation Breadbasket, Reverend Barrow spent her life on the front lines in the fight for justice. She marched in Selma and played a pivotal role in persuading Dr. King to take his fight for equality to Chicago.

Known as ‘The Little Warrior,’ Rev. Barrow was small in frame but her voice was powerful, and contributed immeasurably to the cause of fairness, justice and opportunity in our community and the nation.  We mourn her loss but give thanks for the impactful life she lived.

I have ordered flags at all city facilities lowered in Rev. Barrow's memory, and offer our thoughts and prayers to her family and many friends."


Bunting will also be placed outside City Hall, and flowers and a memory book will be in the lobby for people to offer their remembrances.