Star Wars creator George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, have been meeting with anti-violence activist and Roman Catholic priest Father Michael Phleger in Chicago. Fr. Phleger is the pastor of St. Sabina’s, which is home to a large African-American congregation on the south side of the city. The parish is also home to ARK, a community youth center, and St. Sabina Academy.
The trio have met twice for lunch, most recently this past Saturday. The exact reason for the meetings is unknown, but Chicago holds a special place in the hearts of Hobson and Fr. Phleger – both were born and raised in Chicago – and they share a concern for the issue of education. Lucas and Hobson have made significant contributions to the city, totaling $50 million, over the last year. After School Matters, a program started by the late Chicago first lady Maggie Daley, will receive $25 million over a five-year period, and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools will receive $25 million to facilitate the construction of a new arts building.
Lucas is also considering building his Lucas Cultural Arts Museum in Chicago, after being turned down by The Presidio Trust in San Francisco.
(Source: Chicago Sun-Times)Powered by Sidelines