National Public Housing Museum honors Kenny Gamble

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(AP) - Kenny Gamble, right, and Leon Huff pose for a photo during a street naming ceremony, in Philadelphia, on Wednesday Nov. 17, 2010. The City of Philadelphia honored the songwriters by re-naming the 300 block of South Broad St. Gamble & Huff Walk. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)

Philly-born musician and producer Kenny Gamble, will be one of three citizens honored next month by the National Public Housing Museum for his contribution to the “well-being of inner city residents and communities,” the Chicago-based museum has announced.

Gamble, 68, began his career in the early ‘60s assisting the morning drive time DJs on WDAS (1480-AM) and went on to pioneer the Philadelphia Soul Sound in collaboration with Camden native Leon Huff.

The duo were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Gamble and his co-honorees, Luis Ubinas, President of the Ford Foundation and Julia

Stasch, Vice President of U.S. Programs for the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation, will be presented with three different awards at the museum’s third annual benefit even, “An Afternoon of Good Times,” on April 15 at the Salvage One furniture gallery at 1840 W Hubbard St in Chicago’s West Town Neighborhood.

Gamble will receive the Founding Chair’s Award, which was “created to recognize and inspire life-long commitments to housing, social justice and equality,” says the museum in a statement.

Adds Chicago Housing Authority commissioner Deverra Beverly, “it is an honor to present Universal Companies and Grammy Award winner Kenny Gamble with the Founding Chair’s Award. Universal

"Companies is one of the largest and most successful community revitalization efforts in the history of the city of Philadelphia, providing educational resources and human services. Beyond his music, the organization’s collective work has, and continues to make the world a better place to live.”

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