Statement of Rep. Danny K. Davis on Opening of Illinois Black Hall of Fame


February 26, 2021

As the Honorary Chair of the Illinois Black Hall of Fame, I am excited about the official launch of this important organization.  I want to commend my sister Dr. Ceola Barnes for her vision and unwavering commitment to make this day a reality.  I want to thank President Green and Governors State University for their partnership in this endeavor. 

The Illinois Black Hall of Fame is an organization committed to preserving our past, celebrating the present and inspiring the future.  I think about the legacies of people like the late Mayor Harold Washington, Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, engineer and former NASA Astronaut Joan Higginbotham, former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as people who will be inducted into the Illinois Black Hall of Fame. 

We are excited today as a part of this launch to induct our very own Dr. Timuel Black. Dr. Black is a great historian, activist and leader.  He is 102 years old and has had a front row seat to witness a lot of the injustices that African Americans have experienced.  It is my hope that his life’s achievements and other inductees will inspire some young person to pursue their dreams, be innovative, creative and transformative in their pursuit of excellence.  Congratulations to Dr. Black on being the first inductee into the Illinois Black Hall of Fame.

Please join us on Juneteenth (June 19, 2021) for our annual gala celebration to induct notable African Americans into the Illinois Black Hall of Fame.