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The historic AP Randolph Pullman Porter Museum will honor two Chicago legends with the A. Philip Randolph Gentle Warrior Award.  The presentations will take place during the Museum’s 20th anniversary “A Philip Randolph Gentle Awards Gala.”  The event, a fundraiser, takes place Saturday, February 28 at the historic Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Drive from 5:30 to 9PM.

According to David Peterson, president, of the Museum, the A. Philip Randolph Gentle Warrior Award is bestowed upon deserving African Americans who “push gently, yet forcefully, against the boundaries of conventionality with a warrior spirit, in much the same manner as A. Philip Randolph did throughout his career.” Both have made a measurable impact in society through their achievements.

The awardees are Rev. Dr. Leon Finney – Pastor – Metropolitan Apostolic Church and George X. Daniels – Founder – George’s Music Room. Peterson said these two men reflect the spirit of the award.

Rev. Leon Finney has been an activist all his life and is most identified with The Woodlawn Organization and Woodlawn Community Development Corporation, a community development initiative. His leadership of the organization and its $190 million in real estate investments inspired many other communities across the country to initiate similar community development programs. Additionally, he founded the Christ Apostolic Church, now Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church, and serves as its Pastor. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Lutheran School of Theology, The University of Illinois and Northwestern University, and overseas at Presbyterian College of Korea. In 1993, he joined the faculty of McCormick Theological Seminary as a Professor of African American Leadership Studies and Executive Director of the African American Leadership Partnership. Dr. Finney also served on a host of prominent leadership roles including as a Board Member of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

George X. Daniels is the founder and proprietor of the famed George’s Music Room, an iconic independent music retail store that is revered by musical artists and fans.  His love of music is rooted in his upbringing where he met musical giants like Oscar Peterson and Miles Davis at his parents’ southern style restaurant in the Bronx. This early influence led to his move to Chicago where he met musical luminaries like Billy Stewart, Etta James, Muddy Waters and Ramsey Lewis. This sparked his passion for the music industry and motivated him to open his store. It has seen over 30 years of steady growth, making it the largest independent music retail store in the Midwest. George’s Music Room is a musical mecca for major and independent artists including Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Sean Combs, The Isley Brothers, Alicia Keys, Twista, Do or Die, and Usher. Based in the Lawndale community, Daniels positioned the original George’s Music Room to be an anchor and symbol of longevity and fortitude in an area that is known for economic depression. In 1999, then Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley personally tapped Daniels to open a second location at Midway Airport. It officially opened in 2001 and continues to flourish. As a dynamic dimension of the business, Daniels partnered with Digital Kiosk Technology (DKT) to include digital download kiosks in the Lawndale store, which allow customers to create and burn personalized CDs with songs from a catalog of three million plus albums. The kiosks are part of Daniels’ plan to make George’s Music Room a “prototype, entertainment lifestyle” store. His visionary dynamism earned him the “Retailer of the Year” award from the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), making him the first African-American retailer presented this prestigious award. He credits his success to his commitment to customer service.

“We are honored and humbled to salute Dr. Finney and Mr. Daniels,” declared Dr. Lyn Hughes, founder of the Museum.  “While from different industries, they share a common passion and shared resolve to make an impact on the lives of those they touch. Most important, they have served in the manner befitting that of A. Philip Randolph. Based on the impact they have made, it is our privilege to be presenting them with this prestigious honor.”

The banquet will provide a platform for communicating the Museum’s message, chronicling its progress, and showcasing its history.

Proceeds from the celebration will go toward enabling the Museum to continue its mission as the only cultural institution worldwide dedicated to showcasing the contributions of African Americans  to America’s labor movement and the black union achievements of A. Philip Randolph.

For more information, contact Melody M. McDowell 312-371-8917.  To purchase tickets for the event, log on to http://www.aphiliprandolphmuseum.com/special-events.html

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