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Bank Photography Contest Honors Students' Artistic Expression of Black Heritage

Tilton Elementary Students Photograph What Black History Means to Them, in Celebration of Black History Month

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 8:08 am EST



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"With this photography contest, we have built a program that recognizes exceptional talent as well as inspires students to create their own history through achievement, diversity and inclusion."

In celebration of Black History Month, LaSalle Bank and Tilton Elementary School are honoring 10 students as the winners of a photography contest that required them to capture what black history means to me through a camera lens.

More than 100 Tilton Elementary School students in grades 4 through 8 participated in the photography contest. The photographs of 10 students were selected as the winning entries - because they most uniquely illustrated personal experiences and influences on the meaning of black history. The winning photographs are on public display in the lower arcade of the LaSalle Bank Building, located at 135 S. LaSalle Street, for the month of February.

"As part of our ongoing commitment to education and its positive impact on Chicago's young people, LaSalle Bank and Tilton Elementary School wanted to create an interactive, personal experience for students to help them better realize and appreciate black heritage," said David P. Thomas, group senior vice president and head of Diversity and Inclusion at LaSalle Bank. "With this photography contest, we have built a program that recognizes exceptional talent as well as inspires students to create their own history through achievement, diversity and inclusion."

The winning photographs were selected by LaSalle's Black Leadership Council (BLC) and the Curatorial department that oversees the LaSalle Bank Corporate Photography Collection, one of the world's largest corporate collections.

The winning entries each exhibited a unique perspective on black heritage, ranging from photographs capturing the images of influential black leaders throughout history, to pictures of urban murals expressing the sentiment of peace and unity, to a photograph of a student's own grandfather who lived through the civil rights movement.

The 10 winners, five first place and five second place, were honored today at a lunch in the bank's private executive dining room. Students also received a private tour of the bank's corporate photography collection, including works that honor black history.

About LaSalle Bank N.A.

LaSalle Bank N.A. is the largest bank headquartered in Chicago, with USD 71.4 billion in assets and USD 44.2 billion in deposits. LaSalle Bank serves individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies and institutions through 135 retail locations and 450 ATMs in Chicago and its suburbs, and online at

LaSalle Bank has retail and commercial operations in 20 states and 26 cities across the U.S. In addition, it offers specialty services through its direct and indirect subsidiaries, including LaSalle Financial Services, Inc., LaSalle National Leasing Corporation and LaSalle Business Credit, LLC.

Parent company LaSalle Bank Corporation, also headquartered in Chicago, has more than USD 120 billion in assets. It is an indirect subsidiary of Netherlands-based ABN AMRO Bank N.V., a leading international bank with total assets of EUR 999 bln. ABN AMRO operates more than 4,500 branches in 53 countries, and has a staff of more than 110,000 full-time employees worldwide.

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Lauren Vidovich, 312-904-8006