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Suzanna Purrington


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Suzanna Purrington Obituary
Purrington, Suzanna Juliet Passed away on November 28, 2016, after a short illness. She was 78. Sue spent her entire life in social and political activism. She was in on the founding of the Congress of Racial Equality here in Chicago, and was a member of the Emergency Relief Committee for Fayette Co., Tennessee during the "freedom rider" years in the early 1960s. Sue was Executive Director of the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women, and helped guide several political campaigns, including that of Carol Moseley Braun, who she helped persuade to run for the Senate in 1992. Sue was given the Debs-Thomas-Harrington award by the Democratic Socialists of America in the same year. She was also former head of the Independent Voters of Illinois. Sue was a resident of Hyde Park for over 50 years, and in the latter part of her career she worked for south Chicago (5th ward) alderman Leslie Hairston. Sue was born in Athens, Ohio on July 28, 1938, the daughter of The Reverend and Mrs. Robert Purrington. She is survived by sister and brother, Jane Brewster Purrington and Robert Daniel Purrington, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Please give to in Sue's memory. There will be a memorial gathering on the lakefront in the spring.
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Jan. 20, 2017
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