By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Kenwood Academy High School student Kyndal Buchanan will receive the “Rising Star” award at the DuSable Museum of African American History’s Annual gala.
DuSable’s “Night of 100 Stars Gala” will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday April 5 at the South Shore Cultural Center at 7059 S. Short Dr. Highlights of the evening will include a food and drink buffet from caterers such as Ja’Grill, C’est Si Bon and Norman’s Bistro; live entertainment; a silent auction and the presentation of the 2014 “Night Of A 100 Stars Awards.”
Buchanan, a senior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will join Charles Jenkins, senior pastor at Fellowship M.B. Church; Carol D. Lee, Ph.D., the Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University; Haki R. Madhubuti, poet and publisher of Third World Press; Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Company LLC, and Michael Wilbon, host and contributor at ESPN.in being honored for their great accomplishments.
“I’m excited but nervous,” said Buchanan about receiving her award at the gala. “I’ve never been to an event like that. I’m nervous but happy.”
In addition to academics Buchanan is a member of the school’s tennis team and participated in groups such as Sisterhood and Focus. The groups plan school events such as charity fundraisers, debate forums, community discussions and holiday outreach events for senior citizens.
“We found a hidden treasure in Kyndal Buchanan who has to date received scholarship offers to six prestigious colleges and universities, with a combined value of more than $100,000,” said Carol Adams, president and CEO of DuSable. “Kyndal has clearly earned her place among the ‘Rising Stars.’”
Adams said previous “Rising Star” recipients include “Jabari Parker who is a basketball [phenomenon], Jeremy Winters who served as the first student advisor to the Mayor of Chicago and Damani Bolden, who just last year became the first African American Student Senate President at the University of Illinois.”
Tickets for the gala are $350 per person and are available at the museum and by visiting thedusablemuseum.eventbrite.com. Proceeds from the event will benefit the museum’s educational programs and 2014/2015-exhibition schedule. For more information, visit dusablemuseum.org or call 773-947-0600.