Harold Washington Birthday: Chicago Celebrates Late Mayor's 90th Birthday (PHOTOS)

04/12/2012 02:34 pm ET | Updated Apr 12, 2012

Chicago has a long history of larger-than-life mayors, and the city's first African-American leader was no exception.

Sunday, April 15 would have been Washington's 90th birthday, and several Chicago organizations are hosting events to commemorate his legacy.

We Can, Inc., a Chicago-based African-American business alliance, is hosting a memorial celebration (featuring karaoke) at Josephine's Hardtimes Cooking Restaurant, 436 E. 79th St. in Chicago. NBC's Art Norman, Vice President of the National Association of Black Journalists, is emceeing.

Both events are scheduled for Thursday, which happens to be the 29th anniversary of Washington's mayoral first election in 1983. Washington was reelected shortly before he passed away.

Check out some archival photos from Washington's time in office:

Harold Washington Birthday