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By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader

A STARRY NIGHT: On Saturday, June 25, 2016, the DuSable Museum of African American History will present and celebrate one of Chicago’s most popular social events, “A Night Of 100 Stars” Gala. This annual event, which is known for its lavish food and drink buffets, world-class entertainment, and impressive awards presentation, returns to the Museum located at 740 East 56th Place (57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue) in Chicago.

This year a portion of the event will take place in the Roundhouse, which is the Museum’s latest expansion project. The event will begin at 6:00 PM with cocktails and appetizers, followed by the Awards Presentation at 7:00 PM and conclude with dinner, dancing and entertainment. Once again serving as hosts for the Awards Presentation are Val Warner of Windy City Live! and Charles Thomas, ABC-7 Political Reporter. Proceeds from “the party with a purpose,” will benefit the Museum’s programs and exhibition schedule.

During the event and for the past twenty years, dozens of influential individuals have received the DuSable Museum History Makers Award. These highly coveted awards honor African American Chicagoans (current or former) who have made outstanding contributions to society through their careers and civic engagement. Representatives from all walks of life make up the stellar group of those who have been honored. Among this elite group are: Grammy Award-winner Mavis Staples (2003), the Governor of Massachusetts, Deval L. Patrick (2012), television personality Janet Langhart Cohen (2006), radio icon Tom Joyner (2011), basketball legend Michael Jordan (2000), and award-winning author Lerone Bennett, Jr. (2003) just to name a few.

The 2016 Honorees are :

Cheryl BurtonCheryl Burton – Anchor, ABC7-Chicago

James D. Montgomery, Esq. – Noted Civil Rights Attorney

Professor Charles V. Hamilton – Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

James D. Montgomery, Esq.
James D. Montgomery, Esq.

In addition, the Gala will this year honor three outstanding high school seniors:

Jasabella Clark – BBF Family Services/2016 Golden Apple Recipient

Hakeem C. Day – Simeon Career Academy

Professor Charles V. Hamilton
Professor Charles V. Hamilton

Jada Stroud – Lincoln Park High School

Serving as Chairmen of the 2016 A Night of 100 Stars Gala are:

Janet Langhart Cohen – CEO, Langhart Communications and The Honorable William S. Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CEO, The Cohen Group.

Tickets for the 2016 “A Night of 100 Stars Gala” are available at the DuSable Museum of African American History. For additional information on this event visit, or telephone 773-947-0600.



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