By Candace Jordan, Special to Tribune Newspapers
1:45 PM EDT, April 19, 2014
"A Night of 100 Stars" was the theme for the DuSable Museum of African American History's annual gala at the South Shore Cultural Center on April 5.
More than 800 supporters, civic leaders and politicians, including Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, were in attendance to honor six Chicagoans who have made outstanding contributions to society.
WLS-Ch. 7's Val Warner and Charles Thomas served as emcees for the awards presentation. Carol Adams, the museum's president and CEO, introduced Quinn, who said, "It's important for all of us to understand and educate our children about African-American history, and the museum does that."
DuSable board Chairman Clarence Bourne presented a video introduction of the honorees. Kyndal Buchanan, a senior at Kenwood Academy, received the Rising Star Award. The Rev. Charles Jenkins, senior pastor at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, was honored with the Constellation Award.
ESPN host and columnist Michael Wilbon thanked his mother, Cleo, a 1945 DuSable High School grad, before receiving the evening's Meteor Award.
"No honor means as much as one given to me by the people of my own community," Wilbon said.
Haki Madhubuti, poet/publisher of Third World Press, and his wife, Carol Lee, professor of education and social policy at Northwestern University, accepted the Dogon Award. Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Co., was the recipient of the Superstar Award.
Co-chaired by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil and Melody Spann Cooper, the event raised more than $465,000 to support exhibits and educational programs.
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