Chaz and Roger Ebert

The Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, will honor both Chaz Ebert and (posthumously) her late husband, film critic Robert Ebert, on the opening night of the festival, set for Friday August 1st
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They will be awarded with the annual Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership, which is a fitting tribute for them for the 20th anniversary of the festival.

Both Roger and Chaz were enthusiastic supporters of the film festival, and continue to be, as well as long-established supporters of and advocates for black filmmakers.

Previous recipients of the award have been actor/rapper Common, and, last year, the internationally renowned installation and performance artist, and public urban developer and theorist, Theaster Gates.