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Sat, 10.27.1917

Anna Langford, Politician, and Activist born

Anna Langford, 1975

On this date in 1917, Anna Langford was born. She was a Black politician and attorney.

Born in Springfield, OH, Langford was educated at Roosevelt University and earned a law degree in 1956, which began an extensive career in civil rights and criminal law. Working throughout Illinois, she actively defended civil rights workers in the 1960s and joined Dr. Martin Luther King's Chicago civil rights marches.

In 1971, Anna Langford became the first woman elected to the Chicago City Council. Langford was defeated for re-election in 1975 but returned to serve two additional terms in the Chicago City Council from 1983 and 1991.

She received numerous humanitarian and civic awards and honors, including being inducted into the Book of Legends by the Black Women Lawyers Association for her immeasurable contributions to the City of Chicago as a lawyer and a public servant.  Anna Langford passed away on September 17, 2008, at the age of 90.

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