My prayers and condolences go out to the Burroughs family. Dr. Burroughs was a ray of hope to many on all levels, including receiving the President’s Humanitarian Award in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter, and her love for teaching art classes in Illinois prisons. Dr. Burroughs leaves a rich and lengthy legacy as an excellent and talented artist and teacher. She was an institutional and generational bridge builder. Not only did she thirst for knowledge, but she had an equal passion for sharing that wisdom with others, especially to the downtrodden. Dr. Burroughs will be sorely missed, but I thank God for bringing her our way; for the eternal wealth of knowledge she leaves behind and her decades of dedicated public service.

Todd H. Stroger
President of the Cook County Board of Chicago

Chicago is a better place because of Dr. Margaret Burroughs. Through her artistic talent and wide breadth of knowledge, she gave us a cultural gem, the DuSable Museum of African American History. But she herself was a cultural institution. She spent a lifetime instilling a love of arts and culture in people young and old. She will be deeply missed.

Mayor Richard M. Daley

Michelle and I are saddened by the passing of Dr. Margaret Burroughs, who was widely admired for her contributions to American culture as an esteemed artist, historian, educator and mentor. In 1961, Dr. Burroughs founded the DuSable Museum of African-American History on the South Side of Chicago, which served as a beacon of culture and a resource worldwide for African-American history. She was also admired for her generosity. Her commitment to underserved communities through her children’s books, art workshops and community centers both inspired and educated young people about African-American culture. Our prayers go out to Dr. Burroughs’ family and loved ones. Her legacy will live on in Chicago and around the world.

President Barack Obama

Today we are saddened to hear about the death of Dr. Margaret Burroughs, but we rejoice in her living. Dr. Burroughs was a pillar of strength and character in our community, and was greatly admired by the late Harold Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She was a teacher of children and helped establish the DuSable Museum. Dr. Burroughs had an outstanding prison ministry counseling men and women, and for the past 35 years accompanied me to the Cook County jail on Christmas Day. She supplied a wealth of wisdom and was a historical frame of reference. In her poem What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black? Dr. Burroughs says, “I will lift up their heads in proud blackness with the story of their fathers and their father’s fathers. And I shall take them into a way back time of kings and queens who ruled the Nile.”

Dr. Margaret Burroughs radiated hope.
Rev. Jesse Jackson
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