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The Harold Washington Party was founded in Chicago, Illinois in the late 1980s to represent the interests of the African-American population in the city. Although the party was named for the city's first African-American mayor, Harold Washington, it was created after his death in 1987. It backed and nominated candidates for local office, but courts did not allow their nominees to be listed on ballots. H.W.P has been inactive since 1996, but their website states they are planning to once again mobilize with a platform that encourages the people of Illinois to take control of a failing government.
Harold Washington Party. (n.d.) Our Future. Retrieved from: http://haroldwashingtonparty.org/our-future