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Lerone Bennett, Executive Editor, Ebony Magazine and recipient of the Education Award
DuSable Museum Night of 100 Stars
by Angela Harkless

On February 15, 2003, the DuSable Museum of African American History presented a night of eloquence and gaiety with its annual Night of 100 Stars Gala.

The gala featured its Chicago African American History Makers Awards.
Local business, political, civic and community leaders gathered to pay tribute to six honorees: Frank Clark of Reggio’s Pizza; Thomas Burrell, Burrell Communications Group; Lerone Bennet, Ebony Magazine; Mavis Staples, Grammy-award winner singer; Carole Simpson, ABC News Anchor and Attorney Anna Langford, retired Chicago Alderman.

Margaret Burroughs, Founder, DuSable Museum

Don Jackson, Chairman, Board of Trustees, DuSable Museum; Carole Simpson, ABC World News Tonight Sunday Anchor, Trailblazer Award recipient and Rev., Dr. Johnnie Coleman, Founder, Christ Universal Temple

The gala was co-hosted by CBS 2 anchors Tracy Townsend and Antonio Mora. Gala attendants received a very special treat when Mavis Staples joined singer Santita Jackson on stage for an impromptu rendition of “I’ll Take You There.” Awardees were inducted into the DuSable Museum Chicago Hall of Fame “Gallery of Greats.”

Don Jackson, Chairman, Board of Trustees, DuSable Museum; Thomas Burrell, Chairman/CEO, Burrell Communications Group, Communications Award recipient; Frank Clark, President, ComEd, Business Award recipient; Atty. Anna Langford, Retired 16th Ward Alderman, City of Chicago, Trustee Award recipient; Mavis Staples, Grammy winning vocalist, Entertainment Award recipient; Lerone Bennett, Executive Editor, Ebony Magazine, Education Award recipient and Masters of Ceremonies Tracy Townsend & Antonio Mora

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Anna Langford and son Larry Langford

Arenda Troutman, 20th Ward Alderman, City of Chicago, Honorary Chair; Antoinette Wright, President/CEO, DuSable Museum and Earl Moore, Chairman, Gala Steering Committee

Vijay & Damayanti Vasudevan, Zemira Jones and Congressman Danny Davis (D)

Diane Ellis and the KSR Ensemble
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