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Chance the Rapper getting DuSable honors

March 9th, 2017

UPDATED: After this posted, Chance the Rapper announced he’d donate $10,000 each to nine Chicago schools. Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chance the Rapper will take the stage at this year’s DuSable Museum of African American History gala but not as a performer. He’s being honored.

The news comes on the heels of the Chicago musician winning Grammy awards, lobbying the governor and handing out $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. He’s now a bona fide celebrity philanthropist–a perfect star for the museum’s “A Night of 100 Stars Gala.”

The event is June 24.

Chance, whose given name is Chancelor Bennett, also serves on DuSable’s board, having joined earlier this year with his father, Ken Bennett.

Last month, Chance, a product of Chicago Public Schools, earned three Grammys as “Best New Artist,” “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Album” for his history-making release “Coloring Book.” It’s the first streaming-only album to ever receive and win a Grammy nomination.

In Chicago, though, it’s his bit donation and pressuring Gov. Bruce Rauner for increased funding that’s been making headlines. The rapper is a product of the city’s schools, having attended Jones College Prep High School before he embarked on his music career.

Other gala honorees are Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History (he previously led the Chicago History Museum), and Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the United Nations’ World Food Programme and a native of Chicago’s West Side.

The annual DuSable gala brings out the biggest names from Chicago’s arts and civic scenes. The benefit for the museum is designed to honor those who have made contributions in some way to the African American community, whether through their careers or civic engagement.


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