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July 29, 2013

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Rainbow PUSH Coalition honor International icon Chaka Khan

Chicago, IL (July 26, 2013) – Join Rainbow PUSH Coalition founder Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and Rainbow PUSH Coalition will honor the renowned singer, songwriter and hometown heroine, Chaka Khan for her many contributions to the community Saturday July 27th 2013 at 10:00 a.m at 930 East 50th Street.  Chaka Khan is also a noted, producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist who recently added her celebrity status to Dress For Success Worldwide organization which helps low-income women with clothing and job-hunting.

 

Chaka Khan, born Yvette Marie Stevens, formed her first group, the Crystalettes in 1964. While still in high school, she joined the Afro-Arts Theater, a group which toured with Motown great Mary Wells; a few years later she adopted the African name while working with the Black Panthers breakfast program. Thus began her career as an activist.

 

The music icon will also participate in the ceremonial unveiling of Chaka Khan Way on South Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st streets on Saturday July 27.  On Sunday July 28, she will be honored in a ceremony proclaiming that day Chaka Khan Day. After which Ms. Khan will receive an official proclamation and a copy of the street sign in her name. She will also return the love to the city of Chicago by performing a free outdoor concert in Millennium Park.

 

Rev. Jesse Jackson proclaimed, “Saturday will be Chaka Khan day at Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Chaka Khan is concerned about the gun violence in our communities and has lent her name to fight the causes that we should most about. We are grateful to have her commitment, talent and support.”

 

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The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity.  The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit www.rainbowpush.org or call (773) 373-3366