George Lucas and Mellody Hobson give $25 million for arts building at the University of Chicago

Feb. 26, 2014
The couple, who married last year, have requested that the building be named for Gordon Parks, a famed photographer and the first African-American to direct a major Hollywood film.

Mellody Hobson, a Chicago investment executive, and George Lucas, the director of Star Wars, are donating $25 million to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for the construction of an arts building, the Chicago Tribune reported. The couple, who married last year, have requested that the building be named for Gordon Parks, a famed photographer and the first African-American to direct a major Hollywood film.

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