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​  THE DuSable Museum’s “Night of 100 Stars” continues to be one of the most anticipated social events of the year, and “the hottest ticket in town” was in the hands of a wide range of fun-loving supporters, including politicians, entertainers, TV personalities and members of the business and banking arenas.
    This year’s gala, held at the historic South Shore Cultural Center, honored six outstanding African Americans who have made major contributions to society through their careers and their civic engagement. Included among those celebrated were the Rev. Charles Jenkins, senior pastor at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church; Haki R. Madhubuti, founder and president of Third World Press; his wife, Dr. Carol D. Lee, professor of education and social policy at Northwestern University; Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Co.; Michael Wilbon, program host and contributor at ESPN; and Kyndal Buchanan, a senior at Kenwood Academy who received the “Rising Star” award. “Each has made their individual contributions to helping make our communities a better place for all,” says Dr. Carol L. Adams, president and CEO of DuSable Museum. “We are proud of the contributions they have made to our city and the example they have set for others throughout the world. They join an exclusive constellation of achievers who have been honored during the last 18 years.”
Dr. Carol L. Adams (center), president and CEO of DuSable Museum, is joined by the honorees at this year's "A Night of 100 Stars" gala. The awardees include (left to right) Haki R. Madhubuti, Dr. Carol D. Lee, high-schooler Kyndal Buchanan, Linda Johnson Rice, the Rev. Charles Jenkins and Michael Wilbon. (Photographs by Olu Photographr)
'A Night Of 100 Stars' 2014 
The annual DuSable Museum gala was a collection of "edibles, potables and notables"
Gov. Pat Quinn addresses the crowd at South Shore Cultural Center, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel poses with Paul A. Labonne, vice president and community reinvestment officer at PNC Bank, and his wife Georgina, manager of community engagement at IDOT.
​   The annual event––a night of glamor, food, music and dancing––was co-chaired by Melody Spann-Cooper, chair of Midway Broadcasting Corp. and president and general manager of WVON radio; and Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, senior vice president, U.S. Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement at the Nielsen Co. Gala hosts, ABC7 political reporter Charles Thomas and Windy City Live co-host Val Warner, moved the program along so attendees could begin to enjoy a variety of food and entertainment––entertainment that paid tribute to such historic South Side fixtures as the Regal Theater, The Apartment Lounge and Chic Rick’s.
    As a special attraction, the crowd was treated to a brief peek at Motown The Musical, which recently kicked off its national tour at the Oriental Theatre and will run through August 9. The story of Motown founder Berry Gordy has proven to be one of the most anticipated shows to come to Chicago. (Go to www.broadwayinchicago.com for more information.)
    The gala is the biggest fundraiser for the historic museum that continues to implement new features to better serve the community. “The DuSable Museum of African American History is the first and longest-running museum of African American history and culture in the United States,” Dr. Adams says. “It is a tribute to the foresight of a group of visionaries led by our founder Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs, who recognized the importance of establishing a repository for our past as a springboard for our future.”
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle arrives, and gala co-chairs Melody Spann-Cooper and Cheryl Pearson-McNeil thank supporters. Cheryl Burton of ABC7 (right) moves on the dance floor, and (below) The Voices delivered a show that included several Motown tunes. 
Photograph by Jerome Simmons 
–– Walter Leavy