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CHANCE THE RAPPER with his parents Ken and Lisa Bennett. (Photos by Duane Savage)

By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader

Crushers Club: Recent three-time Grammy Award winner, Chance the Rapper (Chancelor Johnathan Bennett) was among those honored at the DuSable Museum of African American History’s annual, “A Night Of 100 Stars Gala.” The event took place on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick located at 2233 South King Drive in Chicago.

PRESENTER DAMANI BOLDEN with Honorees Eva Maria Lewis and Adonis Perryman.

Other “Stellar” Honorees included: Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, who was presented with The DuSable President’s Award and Ertharin Cousin, chosen the Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and former Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme. Cousin, a native of Chicago’s west side received The DuSable Humanitarian Award.

PRESENTER LINDA JOHNSON RICE with honoree Lonnie Bunch III, historian and founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It is the Smithsonian’s 19th museum.

In addition, “Rising Star” Awards were presented to Eva Maria Lewis, a recent graduate of Walter Payton H.S. and Adonis Perryman, recent graduate of Phillips Academy H.S.

The sold-out Gala, which honors Chicagoans (current or former) who have made outstanding contributions to society through their careers and civic engagement, especially to and for the African American community, raised more than $700,000.

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