The DuSable Museum of African American History is proud to announce the election of five new Board of Trustee Members and a new Chairman of the Board. Joyce Johnson-Miller, the Executive Vice President of Quadrum Global, will now serve as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees after being elected by the Board on Monday, November 21, 2016.
Among the newly elected Board Members is Chancelor “Chance the Rapper” Bennett, the highly popular American hip hop artist who recently made history by receiving seven 2016 Grammy Award nominations including, “Best New Artist” and “Best Rap Album” for “Coloring Book,” a first for a “streaming-only” album. Hailing from the West Chatham neighborhood, Bennett has become one of music’s most prominent and prolific artists and was named a 2015 ‘Chicagoan of the Year’ by Chicago Magazine. Thanks to his work actively combating gun violence in Chicago, Chance the Rapper has been a champion for promoting racial justice throughout the city and the nation.
Dr. Eric E. Whitaker is a prominent Chicago-based physician investor whose work intersects healthcare, public health and financial services. Dr. Whitaker is Chairman and CEO of TWG Partners LLC. He is also the former Executive Vice President, Strategic Affiliations and Associate Dean of Community-based Research at the University of Chi- cago Medical Center and served as the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, and as an attending physician in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.
Also joining the Board is Ken Bennett, a former Obama Administration aide and current Senior Advisor of Policy and Community Affairs at Choose Chicago. Bennett, Chance the Rapper’s father, has been a champion for Chicago since his start in politics as an aide to the late Chicago Mayor, Harold Washington. His deep commitment to public service has helped to enhance the economic development of tourism within the city of Chicago and he will be a wonderful asset for the DuSable Museum.
Wilbur Milhouse, III, has been a staunch supporter of the Du-
Sable Museum. As the Founder, President and CEO of Milhouse Engineering and Construction, Inc., Mr. Milhouse has created a full-service engineering and architecture firm serving both the public and private sector. With a stellar reputation in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Structural Engineering, Milhouse Engineering & Construction works to ensure that they are improving the communities they serve.
Also, a new Board Member and sharing in Mr. Milhouse’s expertise in construction and community re-development is Lisa Pilot Livingston, one of Chicago’s premier African American female experts in the industry. Born and raised in Hyde Park, Pilot Livingston is currently the CEO of LCP Management Inc. and has built properties in Hyde Park, Kenwood and Bronzeville, and her contributions to the Southside of Chicago have been unprecedented. Lisa Pilot Livingston’s commitment is not to just building buildings, but building the community as well.
“We welcome these exciting new additions to our board. They join a group of dedicated Trustees who are committed to the success of the DuSable Museum and our mission, which is now more important than ever,” said Perri Irmer, President and CEO of The DuSable. “The Du-
Sable’s mission has always had education as a focus, but today we are energized and inspired to pursue our goals of portraying the excellence and resilience of the African American spirit through our history, art and culture.”
Members of the DuSable Museum Board of Trustees include:
Tunji Alausa, M.D., Kidney Care Center; William A. Burton, Professional Systems, Inc.; Janet Langhart Cohen, Langhart Communications; William S. Cohen, The Cohen Group; Theaster Gates Jr., University of Chicago; Maria C. Green, Ingersoll-Rand plc; Perri L. Irmer, DuSable Museum of African American History; Patricia Knazze, Retired, Chicago Board of Education; Kimberly McCullough-Starks, Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services; Franz Mullings, International Steel Services, Inc.; Mildred Olivier, M.D., Midwest Glaucoma Center; Lisa M. Pope, Merrill Lynch; Timothy Rand, Midway Airport Concessionaires; Charles Walls, Commonwealth Edison; Kenneth Warren, PhD., University of Chicago; Joyce W. Washington, The Washington Group, Ltd. and Sheila Wilson-Freelon, Esq., MDiv, Turner Memorial AME Church.
Clarence K. Bourne, Loop Capital Markets; Don Jackson, Central City Productions; and Peggy A. Montes, Bronzeville Children’s Museum.
About The DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum of African American History is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the country. Our mission is to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art. The DuSable Museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. For more information on the Museum and its programs, please call (773) 947-0600 or visit us at www.dusablemuseum.org. The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s partnership and also thanks United Airlines, the official airline of the DuSable Museum for its support.