DuSable Museum honors ‘Rising Star’ for character, resilience

Hakeem Day, 19, will receive the Rising Star Award from DuSable Museum.  Day graduated from Simeon High School and will start a four year carpenter's apprentice program in the fall.  | Leslie Adkins/For the Sun-Times

Achievement isn’t always measured in academic prowess, when talking of teenagers navigating the under-resourced schools, fractured families, poverty and violence of Chicago’s inner city.

It can be measured by character, resilience, determination.

All are adjectives used to describe Hakeem Day, a 19-year-old who graduated last week from Simeon Career Academy and will be honored as a “Rising Star” by the DuSable Museum of African American History on Saturday.

“I just don’t let negative things and bad stuff that happens get to me. I just don’t dwell on them too long,” says Day, raised by his father and grandmother in the hard-knock Roseland community. “I was happy when I heard I was getting this.”

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