Purrington helped with the founding of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in Chicago, was an executive director of the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and helped guide several political campaigns. In the latter part of her career, she worked for Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th).
Her family has asked that donations be made to charities in Purrington’s memory.
See Purrington’s full obituary at hpherald.com.