The DuSable Museum of African American History of Chicago, IL has just announced five new Board of Trustee Members including Chance the Rapper and his father, Ken Bennett. As a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, the DuSable Museum of African American History’s mission is to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art.
Raised in Chicago’s West Chatham neighborhood, Chance the Rapper’s work combating gun violence in Chicago and promoting racial justice throughout the city and the nation has been recognized by the historical institution who calls him “one of music’s most prominent and prolific artists.” This news also comes not long after the seven monumental Grammy Award nominations he received including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album for Coloring Book.
Ken Bennett, a former Obama Administration aide and current Senior Advisor of Policy and Community Affairs at Choose Chicago also joins the Board alongside his son. Bennet is recognized for his ongoing commitment to public service to enhance economic development for the city of Chicago.
“We welcome these exciting new additions to our board. They join a group of dedicated Trustees who are committed to the success of the DuSable Museum and our mission, which is now more important than ever,” said Perri Irmer, President and CEO of The DuSable. “The DuSable’s mission has always had education as a focus, but today we are energized and inspired to pursue our goals of portraying the excellence and resilience of the African American spirit through our history, art and culture.”
Read the official press release and learn more about visiting the museum here.