The Northeastern Illinois chapter of Phi Delta Kappa hosted its annual Educator/Scholarship Awards Dinner last Sunday, May 23 at the Doubletree Hotel in Alsip.

This year’s recipients were: Margaret Burroughs, a founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History; Daphne LeCesne a teacher in Oak Park; Jeanette Dibella, principal of Providence St. Mel; and Demetrice Griffin, chairperson of the Westside NAACP. Scholarships were also presented to students for their education.

Invited guests included U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (7th), a former school teacher himself, and Austin Weekly News columnist Arlene Jones. The AWN writer was a special invited guest by fraternity President Louverta Hurt, who’s also an Austin. Jones and Hurt will be using the columnists’ new book Billion Dollar Winner this summer to teach a group of students financial literacy, economic development, business creation and entrepreneurship.