Chaka Khan Visits DuSable

By Yasmine Laasraoui

Photos by Yasmine Laasraoui

The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E 56th Place, held a private reception on Saturday in honor of Hyde Park native and ten-time Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan.

The reception took place at the lower level of the museum. When I arrived, I was told that Khan was coming late– fashionably, of course.

Carol Lawrence, a onetime Kenwood art teacher of Khan’s, among the crowd of guests waiting to see the musician said, “I hope she remembers me.” She held Khan’s book “Chaka!: Through The Fire” which was being promoted at the event, hoping to get it signed.

As the crowd waited outside, a glossy black SUV rolled up to the entrance. As “The Queen of Funk and Soul” stepped out of the car, she revealed an all-purple outfit, glittery shoes included. Khan walked out, to chants of “Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan,” the crowd surrounding her.

She entered the room, and at the podium thanked her fans, supporters and her city. After the Museum presented her with a gift, she gracefully walked over to a seat at the entrance of the reception.

Khan’s former teacher got her attention and later got a signature on her book.

“Did I go to class much,” Khan asked.  The crowd chuckled, and the photographers continued snapping photos of the smiling musician.