Civil rights leader, minister and activist Reverend Willie T. Barrow, passed away yesterday. Reverend Barrow was a trailblazer in the fight for social justice and equality. The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Leadership had this to say about the civil rights pioneer:
“Although the Reverend Dr. Willie T. Barrow was small in stature, she was mighty in her lifelong dedication to racial equality and social justice. We, the members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus are deeply saddened at the loss of one of the mothers of the movement. I will personally miss her encouragement, kind words and fierce advocacy. We all stand on her shoulders as sons and daughters of the movement.”
- Joint Black Caucus Chairwoman, Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford
“As we mourn the loss of one of the leaders who helped bring equality to our nation, we also must celebrate her many accomplishments. Reverend Barrow is the reason that African Americans throughout our nation aren’t excluded from the democratic process and have equal educational opportunities. She set the stage for numerous African Americans to break down barriers. We salute her many accomplishments and fight for social justice.
- Senate Black Caucus Chairman, Senator Emil Jones III
“Rev. Willie T. Barrow was a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She was a strong, fearless, selfless woman who never wavered in her fight for social justice and equal rights. We have all reaped the benefits of her tenacity and activism, and our city and our country will forever be a better place because she was here. I join many others in my community in expressing our gratitude and our prayers to her family.”
- House Black Caucus Chairman, Representative Rita Mayfield