It’s no secret that Chance the Rapper loves his city and is not only an artist who reps it, but is also an active community member. It was announced Friday that Chance the Rapper, along with his father, will be among the new board members of Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History.
There is hope that Chance’s participation on the board will lead to more youth involvement and outreach –which is an important element in maintaining the relevance and increasing the popularity of such an important and historical space. And with Fundraising lagging in recent years, this could be just the person they need to get a youth perspective. “I’m not going to pretend I’m not superexcited about Chance,” said Perri Irmer, the museum’s president and CEO to the Chicago Tribune. “It brings us his generation, right?”
Chance the Rapper, himself, agrees that he can make some big contributions to the success of the museum:
I'm honored to announce I have been made a board member of Chicago's historic DuSable Museum of African American History. I got big plans 💪🏾
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) January 6, 2017
The museum, named after Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, a Haitian trader of African heritage credited with founding Chicago in 1779, is an important venue in a time where so much conversation around it and the African American communities within it have been negative and misleading. Increasing communication and participation with younger generations is crucial and Irmer hopes to make that happen with Chance. One goal she has in mind is building a young professionals board to assist in stewarding the museum. With Chance the Rapper on the board, it brings them one step closer.
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