Cherkasov on Carnegie Corp.’s ‘Great Immigrants’ list

CHICAGO (AP) — Cradles to Crayons Chicago Executive Director Bernard Cherkasov is one of 38 naturalized citizens honored by the Carnegie Corp. of New York in its annual list of “Great Immigrants.”

The list was announced Thursday and the honorees represent 30 countries of origin.

The philanthropic foundation says Cherkasov was born in Azerbaijan. He was raised in Detroit. Cradles to Crayons Chicago is a nonprofit that provides underprivileged children with clothing, school supplies and other essentials.

Other honorees include Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi (Iran), mathematician Robert Langlands (Canada), author Imbolo Mbue (Cameroon), University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce (Cuba) and U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (Mexico), a Democrat from California.

Carnegie Corp.’s founder was Andrew Carnegie, was a Scottish immigrant.

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