Barack Obama moves to Chicago in 1985, in part, because of a man he’d never met: Harold Washington. An epic story of American politics, race, and triumph against all odds, that chronicles the captivating rise, surprising reign, and enduring legacy of Chicago’s first Black Mayor, Harold Washington. In one of the dirtiest political campaigns in American history, in a city rife with corruption and discrimination, Harold Washington took on the machine and won. “Punch 9” features candid interviews with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Vice Mayor Richard Mell, Valarie Jarrett, David Axelrod, and others on the front lines and in the backrooms of power as it follows the charismatic politician’s shrewd maneuverings, stinging betrayals, and unlikely victories. This inspiring and compelling documentary reminds us that we sure could use a man like Harold Washington today.

  • 1 hr 43 minNR
  • Oct 7, 2022
  • Documentary

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Cast & Crew

  • Joe WinstonDirector

  • Raymond C. LambertProducer

  • Sonya JacksonProducer