Salute to The HistoryMakers (Chicago 2004)

Friday 3/12/2004

Red Lacquer Room, Palmer House Hilton

Chicago, Illinois

On Saturday, March 13, 2004, 60 HistoryMakers, their guests and 200 others attended the Chicago Salute to the HistoryMakers in the Red Lacquer Room of the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. The event, sponsored by the Hilton Hotels Corporation, featured music and entertainment from Everett Greene and the Robert Irving III Trio.




The Chicago Salute to The HistoryMakers marked the first of a series of events in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles where HistoryMakers were honored and presented with The HistoryMakers award. Designer and sculptor Preston Jackson was on hand for the event. McDonald’s Corporation served as the awards sponsor.




HistoryMaker Harry Porterfield served as Master of Ceremonies and Gerhard E. Seibert, General Manager of the Palmer House Hilton and Vice President of Midwest Hilton Hotels, opened the evening up by welcoming all to the event. Seibert acknowledged Ken Price, Director of Public Relations from the Palmer House Hilton, for his role in introducing The HistoryMakers to the Hilton Hotels Corporation five years ago. The Reverend Willie Barrow blessed the dinner before leading a moment of silence for those HistoryMakers who had passed away. Numerous individuals spoke on ways in which they have supported The HistoryMakers through corporate and individual giving and donations, and stressed the importance of preserving African American history. Speakers included: Floyd Pitts, Senior Director of Diversity Programs for Hilton Hotels, Patricia Andrews-Keenan, Vice President of Communications for Comcast, Deborah Thomas, Senior Vice President of Northern Trust Bank, National Advisory Board Member Sharon Morrow and Vicky Free of McDonald’s Corporation.



The HistoryMakers staff has created a finding aid for this event. View/Download below: 

Salute to The HistoryMakers (Chicago 2004)


Throughout the evening, video clips from HistoryMakers’ interviews were played, highlighting the richness of the archive. 


 Honored HistoryMakers:


 Carol Adams  Rita Fry  Audrey Peeples
 Paul Adams  Bettiann Gardner  Sterling Plumpp
 Regina Harris Baiocchi  Edward Gardner  Kwame John Porter
 C. Vincent Bakeman  Junius Gaten  Madeline Murphy Rabb
 Irma Josephine Barber  Reynaldo Glover  Gwendolyn Rogers
 Chuck Barksdale  Sophia Hall  Harold Rogers
 Eta Moten Barnett  Gloria Hemphill  John Sr. Rogers
 Etta Moten Barnett  James Hill  Bobby Rush
 T. L. Barrett  Mellody Hobson  Fannie Rushing
 Willie Barrow  Charles Johnson  Darius Savage
 Sherman Beverly  Glenn Johnson  Eugene Scott
 Timuel Black  Janis Kearney  Robert Sengstacke
 Robert D. Blackwell  Herb Kent  Wesley South
 William Jr. Bonaparte  Jerline Lambert  Richard Stephenson
 Nelvin Brady  Anna Langford  Earl Strayhorn
 Carol Moseley Braun  John Lassiter  Welton Ivan Taylor
 Dorothy Brown  Dorothy Leavell  Marshall Thompson
 Oscar Jr. Brown  Raphael Lee  Dorothy Tillman
 Lonnie Bunch  Ramsey Lewis  Jim Tilmon
 Roland Burris  James Lowry  La Donna Tittle
 Margaret Burroughs  Antoinette Malveaux  Thomas Todd
 Iva Carruthers  Blanche Manning  Ricahrd Tolliver
 Jacob Carruthers  B. Herbert Martin  Dempsey Travis
 David Coar  Clyde Martin  Wayne Watson
 Mercer Cook  Fred Matthews  Eric Werner
 Ron Daly  Gwendolyn Mitchell  James Wheeler
 Elnora Daniel  Calvin Morris  Standish Willis
 Carl Davis  Curtis Morrow  Robert E. Sr. Wooten
 Dave Duerson  Bob Nash  Jeremiah Wright
 Kahil El'Zabar  Leslie Outerbridge  Don Wycliff
 Clay Evans  Wes Outerbridge  
 Samuel Floyd  Edward "Buzz" Palmer  



Honorary Co-Chairs


Ron L. Lofton

Gerhard E. Seiber