Students Make Short Film About Chicago's First Black Mayor

Michele Fiore
April 16, 2018 - 9:17 pm
Students Study Harold Washington

Edward Walsh, left, and Fathima Shaikh (WBBM Newsradio/Michele Fiore)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An audience got a sneak peak of a documentary on the life of Chicago's first African American mayor at his namesake library.

Parts of “Punch 9” -- a documentary currently in production – were screened at the Harold Washington Library, the main branch of the Chicago Public Library.

On hand were seventh-graders Fathima Shaikh and Edward Walsh, who know a thing or two about Washington (1922-1987), the larger-than-life politician who died early in his second term.

Shaikh and Walsh, along with two other classmates at Whitney Young Magnet School, researched Washington's life and made their own documentary. It’s nine minutes in length and was shown at the library as well.

The video by the four students is up for a citywide award.

“Punch 9” is expected to be completed by 2020.