Civil rights leader Timuel Black died on Wednesday at the age of 102, according to a statement from the University of Chicago where he received a master's degree.rise in 1954. He paraded with Martin Luther King Jr., campaigned for Chicago mayor Harold Washington, mentored a young Barack Obama, and helped bring the Obama Presidential Center to the south side the university said of the civil rights leader in a statement . Black was also instrumental in ending segregation in the Chicago's public school district through his work as an educator and administrator, the university said. Black is survived by his daughter Ermetra and wife Zenobia, the university said. He was predeceased by his sons Timuel Kerrigan Black and Anthony Said Johnson, according to the college. I just cannot imagine life without him. He has supported me so much and been my protector, my confidant.that already, Zenobia Johnson-Black, Black's wife, told the Chicago Sun-Times. Read moreFormer President Barack Obama remembered Black as an icon. Over by his 102 years, Tim was many things: a veteran, historian, author, educator, civil rights and humanitarian leader. Michelle and I send our thoughts to her family and everyone who loved her, Obama said in a Twitter post. Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Black wrote the story ; he has witnessed history; and he wanted history to come true through actions big and small. May Chicago's beloved son rest in peace, he added. Black are pending.