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In Memoriam: Henry English – ILAACP

In Memoriam: Henry English

On behalf of the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention’s Board of Directors, our member organizations, and the constituents we serve, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Henry English, founder of the Black United Fund of Illinois.

English-picHenry English, a Chicago community leader, was an organizer and advocate for Chicago’s most under-served neighborhoods for more than forty years. In 1983, Mr. English founded the Black United Fund of Illinois, which raises charitable donations to provide grants and expertise to small not-for-profit groups and programs for job-training. A Black Panther leader who in the 1960s recruited a young Bobby Rush, Mr. English went on to invest in the economic development of African American communities.

A Chicago native, Mr. English grew up on the city’s Near West Side, blocks from Farragut Career Academy. After a stint in the Marine Corps, he returned to Chicago and became an activist. While studying and serving in student government at what was then called Crane Junior College he rallied his classmates to the cause of changing the school’s name to Malcolm X College.

A graduate of Cornell University, he briefly worked as a healthcare administrator before founding the Black United Fund of Illinois. It is this commitment to Chicago’s African American neighborhoods that led him to champion such initiatives as voter-registration, leading to a lifetime of supporting safe, healthy, and resilient children, families, and communities.

Funeral Arrangements for Henry English:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Apostolic Church of God
6320 South Dorchester
Chicago, IL 60637

Wake at 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m.

Donations can be made in honor of Henry English to the Black United Fund of Illinois.

Mr. English is survived by his wife, Denise; sons, Nkrumah and Jummane; and daughters Kenya and Kamillah. May you rest in eternal peace.


Malik S. Nevels, J.D.
Executive Director

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