Black History Moment 

Retired politician Wilson Frost nearly made history in December 1976 after the sudden death of sitting Mayor Richard J. Daley. Due to Frost’s rank as an alderman and President Pro Tempore of the City Council, he assumed the mantle of leadership although the city moved to give the nod to a white fellow alderman.
Frost was born on this day in 1925 in Cairo, Illinois. The Fisk University and Chicago-Kent College of Law graduate worked as an attorney in the city prior to getting elected as alderman of the 21st Ward in 1967. During his rise in office, he assumed the top city council position during the period when Mayor Daley suffered a heart attack.

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