SAMPLE 87 Annual Black History Luncheon Saturday, February 23, 2013

Association for the Study of
African American Life and History
87th Annual Black History Luncheon
2013 National
Black History Theme
At the Crossroads of
Freedom and Equality:
The Emancipation
Proclamation and
the March on
Saturday, February 23, 2013
10:00 am-12 Noon Pre-Luncheon Featured Authors Event • 12:30-3:30 pm Luncheon Program
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel • 2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC
2225 Georgia Avenue • Suite 331 • Washington, DC 20059 • [email protected] • Phone: 202-238-5910
In America, we share a dream that lies at the heart of our founding: that no matter who you are, no matter what you
look like, no matter how modest your beginnings or the circumstances of your birth, you can make it if you try. Yet,
for many and for much of our Nation’s history, that dream has gone unfilled. For African Americans, it was a dream
denied until 150 years ago, when a great emancipator called for the end of slavery. It was a dream deferred less than
50 years ago, when a preacher spoke of justice and brotherhood from Lincoln’s memorial. This dream of equality and
fairness has never come easily -- but it has always been sustained by the belief that in America, change is possible.
Today, because of that hope, coupled with the hard and painstaking labor of Americans sung and unsung, we live in
a moment when the dream of equal opportunity is within reach for people of every color and creed. National African
American History Month is a time to tell those stories of freedom won and honor the individuals who wrote them.
We look back to the men and women who helped raise the pillars of democracy, even when the halls they built were
not theirs to occupy. We trace generations of African Americans, free and slave, who risked everything to realize
their God-given rights. We listen to the echoes of speeches and struggle that made our Nation stronger, and we hear
again the thousands who sat in, stood up, and called out for equal treatment under the law. And we see yesterday’s
visionaries in tomorrow’s leaders, reminding us that while we have yet to reach the mountaintop, we cannot stop
Today, Dr. King, President Lincoln, and other shapers of our American story proudly watch over our National Mall.
But as we memorialize their extraordinary acts in statues and stone, let us not lose sight of the enduring truth that
they were citizens first. They spoke and marched and toiled and bled shoulder-to-shoulder with ordinary people who
burned with the same hope for a brighter day. That legacy is shared; that spirit is American. And just as it guided us
forward 150 years ago and 50 years ago, it guides us forward today. So let us honor those who came before by striving
toward their example, and let us follow in their footsteps toward the better future that is ours to claim.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority
vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2013 as National
African American History Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United
States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of January, in the year of our Lord two
thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
Barack Obama
Letter from
ASALH Officers & Luncheon Chair
Luncheon Honor ary Committee
Reverend Doctor Joseph E. Lowery
Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights at Clark Atlanta University
Former President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference
The Honorable John Lewis
US House of Representatives
Georgia 5th District
The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton
US House of Representatives
District of Columbia
Roslyn M. Brock
Chairman, Board of Directors
National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People (NAACP)
Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.
Founder and President
Frederick Douglass Family Foundation
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ASALH Executive Council /
Luncheon Committee / ASALH Staff
Officers of Executive Council
Dr. Daryl Michael Scott, President
Howard University
Dr. Janet Sims-Wood, Vice President
for Membership
Prince George’s County College
Ms. Zende Clark, Secretary
Fordham University
Mr. Troy Thornton, Treasurer
Goldman Sachs & Co. New York, NY
Ms. Sylvia Y. Cyrus, Executive Director
Class Of 2013
Dr. Derrick Alridge
University of Virginia
Ms. Kathleen Bethel
Northwestern University Library
Rev. Dr. Michael Murphy
Senior Minister, People’s Congregational
United Church of Christ
Mr. Shukree Tilghman
Columbia University, New York
Dr. Juliet Walker
University of Texas at Austin
Class of 2014
Mr. Roy Betts
Bowie, MD
Dr. Bettye Gardner
Coppin State University
Louis C. Hicks, Luncheon Co-Chair
Valerie Maholmes, Luncheon Co-Chair
Debr a Stepp, Event Coordinator
Shirley Rivens Smith, Volunteer Chair
Linda Scope, ADA Lead
Carolyn Mundy, Volunteer Lead
Leris Bernard, Seating Chair
Constance P. Tate, Seating Co-Chair
Andre Lee, Customer Service Chair
Cynthia Cornelius, Raffle Chair
Barbara Moreland, Development
Gladys Gary Vaughn, Development
Sonja Woods, Greeters/Hostess Co-Chair
Taryn Anthony, Hostess/Host, PR, Media
Teresa Sidewater, Greeters Lead
Shiela Harmon Martin,
Green Room Chair
Gina Simms, Green Room Co-Chair
Gia Simms, Green Room Co-Chair
Ferial Bishop, Registration Co-Chair
Gwen Harllee, Registration Co-Chair
Ms. Kenya King
Atlanta, GA
Dr. Gladys Gary Vaughn
Quinta Martin, Living Legacy
Awards & Souvenir Journal
Marlynne Brown, Production
Mary Douglass, Script
Charles Brewer, Author’s Event Chair
Rohulamin Quander, Author’s Event
Edgar Brookins, PR, Media,
Marketing Chair
Sherise T.R, Malachi, Media Radio One
Michelle Vessels, Media, Radio One
Roy Betts, PR, Media & Marketing
Sandra Jowers-Barber, PR, Media &
Latif Ashanti Tarik, Logistics Chair
Ramsey Smith, Logistics
Robert C. Warren, Logistics
Rev. Richard T. Adams, Emeritus
Ethel Bynum, Emeritus
Madlyn Calbert, Emeritus
Irene T. Morris, Emeritus
Florence Radcliffe, Emeritus
Cabin John, MD
Dr. Carlton Wilson
North Carolina Central University
Class of 2015
Ms. Dorothy Bailey
Prince Georges County Truth Branch, MD
Dr. Sheila Flemming-Hunter
Black Rose Foundation
Dr. Lionel Kimble
University of Chicago
Asalh Headquarters Staff
Sylvia Y. Cyrus, Executive Director
Alfreda Edwards, Development Manager
Karen M. May, Publications and Exhibits Coordinator
Byron Dunn, Information Technology Management and Membership Clerk
Imani Baker, Consultant
Petra Williams, Consultant
Brandon Brown, Anton House, Gerri Matthews, Taj Richardson, Paris Riley,
Thomas Weaver – Interns
Dr. Edna Green Medford
Howard University
Journal Of African American History (Jaah)
Ms. Gina Paige
V.P. Franklin, Editor
African Ancestry
Dr. Annette Palmer
Morgan State University
Mr. Randy Rice
Farmers Insurance
Dr. Paula Seniors
Virginia Tech
Black History Bulletin
LaVonne Neal and Alicia Moore, Co-Editors
Daryl Michael Scott and Marilyn Thomas-Houston, Co-Editors
At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality:
The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington
Luncheon Master Of Ceremony
A aron Gilchrist
News4 Today Anchor
NBC Washington
Aaron Gilchrist anchors News4 Today weekday mornings alongside Eun Yang.
Aaron joined News4 in March 2010 after spending 11 years at WWBT, NBC’s affiliate in Richmond.
He began working at WWBT as a desk assistant and held several positions before becoming an
Emmy-winning anchor there.
Aaron moved to Richmond as a child. He attended public schools and then didn’t go far for college,
graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University. He started his broadcasting career as a host
and producer for a public television magazine show for the Richmond Public Schools.
During his career, Aaron has covered a wide range of stories, including the inauguration of Barack
Obama, the funeral of Ronald Reagan, and the September 11 attacks. In 2005, he spent several days
reporting from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina struck. Two years later, he was among the
first reporters providing breaking news coverage of the shootings at Virginia Tech.
Aaron taught journalism courses in the School of Mass Communications at his alma mater and
served as president of the Richmond chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Aaron lives in Washington, D.C.
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ASALH Van McCoy Legacy Branch
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Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Mary Frances Berry has been a Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and
Professor of History since 1987. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan
and JD from the University of Michigan Law School. She is the author of ten books. Berry has had
a distinguished career in public service, in academia and in advocacy for civil rights throughout
the world.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Mary Frances Berry has proven to be a determined and resilient child with an
innate intellectual ability and curiosity.
Philosophy, history, and chemistry were Berry’s interest as a student of Fisk University in Nashville. After
transferring to Howard University in Washington, D.C., she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree followed by
graduate studies in history where she sharpened her skills in historical methodology and applied them in
researching the black experience and U.S. history.
Berry furthered her graduate studies at the University of Michigan with a concentration in constitutional history. Berry was awarded
the Civil War Roundtable Fellowship Award in 1965. The next year, with a Ph.D. to her credit, Berry accepted a position as an assistant
professor of history at Central Michigan University and also began studies at the University of Michigan Law School. In 1970, she became
the acting director of the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Maryland. Berry was named director of Afro-American
Studies followed by an appointment of interim chairperson of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences. From 1974 to 1976 she served
as provost becoming the highest-ranking black woman on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus.
Berry was named a chancellor at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1976 making her the first black woman to head a major research
university. A year later, she took a leave of absence to accept newly elected U.S. president Jimmy Carter’s invitation to serve in the
Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW). As the Assistant Secretary for Education from 1977 to 1980, Berry broke new ground
as the first African American woman to serve as the chief educational officer in the United States.
In 1980, President Carter appointed Berry to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan agency that monitors the enforcement of civil
rights laws. Under Berry, the affirmative action study was published supporting goals and timetables for correcting historic discrimination
of blacks and women, particularly in the workplace. President Reagan, a vocal opponent to affirmative action, attempted to fire Berry, a
registered Independent, along with Democrat Ramirez and another Democratic commissioner. Berry and Ramirez successfully sued Reagan
in a federal court and retained their seats on the commission and Berry became known as “the woman the president could not fire.”
Berry returned to Howard University as a professor of history and law in 1980. By 1987, she had accepted the post of Geraldine R. Segal
Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania. Berry wanted to raise the American consciousness on apartheid in
South Africa. With TransAfrica head Randall Robinson and Congressman Walter Fauntroy, she introduced the Free South Africa Movement
to America with the support of A-list celebrities, activists and members of Congress. Berry was arrested five times for her activism,
however, in 1992 they had reason to rejoice when the South African referendum approved the dismantlement of apartheid.
Berry focused on domestic issues like employment, pay equity, and the state of the American family. Family issues and women’s rights were
the topics of her 1993 book The Politics of Parenthood. Berry teaches the History of American Law, and the History of Law and Social
Policy and advises students in African American History. She continues in her determined struggle for racial, economic, and gender-based
justice. Berry is the author of 10 published books.
In recognition of her scholarship and public service, Berry has received 35 honorary doctoral degrees and many awards, including the
NAACP’s Roy Wilkins Award, the Rosa Parks Award of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Ebony Magazine Black
Achievement Award. She is one of 75 women featured in I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America.
Sienna College Research Institute and the Women’s Hall of Fame designated her one of “America’s Women of the Century.” She was
President of the Organization of American Historians and is a Fellow of the Society of American Historians and of the National Academy of
Public Administration.
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Luncheon Progr am
Musical Interlude
Anointed Jazz Quorum (AJQ + 1)
Introduction of Master of Ceremony
Dr. Valerie Maholmes, Luncheon Co-Chair
Master of Ceremony
Mr. A aron Gilchrist, NBC News4
Welcome and Occasion
Dr. Daryl Michael Scott, National President, ASALH
Invocation and Gr ace
The Reverend Dr. Michael C. Murphy, Senior Minister,
Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington, D.C.
Musical Selection
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” performed by K ala Flagg
Introduction of Dais, Honor ary Committee and Special Guests
Mr. Louis C. Hicks, Jr., Luncheon Chair
White House Proclamation
(Invited) Ms. Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor & Assistant to the President of the United States for
Intergovernmental Affairs & Public Engagement
Unveiling of the Emancipation Proclamation Commemor ative Stamp
Mr. Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster Gener al • Ms. Gail Anderson, Gr aphic Artist and Designer
Remarks & Acknowledgments
Ms. Sylvia Y. Cyrus, Executive Director, ASALH
Living Legacy Awards
Mr. R andy Rice, National Manager Education Progr ams, Farmers Insur ance
Dr. Gladys Gary Vaughn, Member, ASALH Executive Council
Introduction of Speaker
Mr. V.P. Fr anklin, Editor, The Journal of African American African History
Dr. Mary Fr ances Berry, Ger aldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and
Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania and Former Chairman, U.S. Civil Rights Commission
Dr. Daryl Michael Scott to Dr. Sydney Ribeau, President, Howard University
Dr. Janet Sims-Wood, Vice President for Membership, ASALH to
Ms. Marian Rucker-Shamu, Associate Libr ary Director, Bowie State University
Closing Remarks
Ms. Sylvia Y. Cyrus
LT Devon H Foster, CHC, USN, Chaplain Joint Base Gospel Service, Myer-Henderson Hall, Fort Myer, VA.
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Luncheon Menu
Chicken or Shrimp Andouille Cheesy Grits
Seared Truffle Chicken Au Jus
Mashed Potatoes
Gold and Red Beets
Creamed Spinach Stuffed Roasted Tomato Au Gr atin
Vegetarian/Vegan Option
Mushroom R avioli in Tomato Cream
Aspar agus
Carrots and Parsnips
Roasted R atatouille
Individual Str awberry Shortcake
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2013 Living Legacy Awardees
Sponsored by ASALH’s long-time partner Farmers Insurance, the Living Legacy Awards program was created in 2012
to feature the year’s Black History Month theme, Black Women in American History and Culture. The 2013 twenty
awards recipients feature local, state, national, and international African American women who work to improve
their communities, institutions, organizations and family life.
Mary Frances Berry, PhD as the Chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder, Assistant Secretary
of Education at Health, Education and Welfare, Provost of University of Maryland College Park,
and the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at
the University of Pennsylvania is a trailblazer and a formidable woman. She is most noted as an
appointee by President Jimmy Carter to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan
agency that monitors the enforcement of civil rights laws. Under President Ronald Reagan and
as Chair of the Commission, Berry became known as “the woman the President could not fire” in
Reagan’s attempt to remove her from the Commission for not advocating his policies. Academic
pursuits were only one phase of Berry’s life. She is Co-Founder of the Free South Africa Movement, former Board
Chair of Pacifica Radio, and Past President of the Organization of American Historians. Berry continues in her
determined struggle for racial, economic, and gender-based justice.
Camille Billops is an artist and filmmaker. Her primary medium is sculpture and her works are in the
permanent collections as one-woman and group exhibitions worldwide. With husband and Black
theatre historian James Hatch, Billops co-founded the Hatch-Billops Collection of oral histories,
books, slides, photographs and other historical references. Billops also collaborated with James Van
Der Zee and poet Owen Dodson in the publication of The Harlem Book of the Dead. Billops co-owns
with Hatch a film company, Mom and Pop Productions, and co-published Artist and Influence, an
extensive journal chronicling African Americans in the visual, performing and literary arts community.
Roslyn M. Brock is Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Ms. Brock is the Vice President, Advocacy and Government
Relations for Bon Secours Health System, Inc. Previously, she worked at the W. K. Kellogg
Foundation. Ms. Brock serves on the Trustee Boards of Catholic Health Association and George
Washington University. She participated in the DOD 75th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference;
was guest lecturer on “Alleviating Global Poverty” in Rome, Italy at the 2007 Martin Luther King, Jr.
Conflict Resolution Conference; and a Young Leaders Fellow on US-China Relations. A recipient of numerous health
care, community service and leadership awards, Ms. Brock’s leadership skills have been recognized by several national
publications and organizations. She is a graduate of Virginia Union University and holds advanced degrees of MHSA,
MBA, Master of Divinity and an honorary doctorate.
Pauletta Brown Bracy, PhD has served as a professor in the School of Library and Information
Sciences at North Carolina Central University for the past thirty-three years. Dr. Bracy steadfastly
devotes her time and mentorship to new librarians and educators each day. Currently in addition to
her teaching duties, she is Director of University Accreditation at North Carolina Central University.
Her affiliations are many including the North Carolina Library Association in which she served as
President. She has received many honors and continues her advocacy and research agenda on the
authentic portrayal of the African American experience in children’s literature.
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2013 Living Legacy Awardees
Minnijean Brown Trickey is a “Little Rock Nine” – one of the first students of color at Little
Rock Central High School - whose bravery paved the way for the integration of public schools in
America. Ms. Brown Trickey earned degrees in social work, four honorary doctorates, and raised
six children. Her career paths included teaching at the university level and counseling throughout
the world. Currently, Ms. Brown Trickey is the nonviolence and anti-racism facilitator for the
renown Sojourn to the Past, the longest running social justice education and outreach program
for youth in the U.S. She remains an active force in antiracism, diversity youth empowerment,
health issues for immigrant refugee women, and gender issues.
Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine is a published author, computer scientist, lecturer, mathematician,
historian, columnist, preservationist, film consultant, and “The Art-ivist.” She founded the Gullah/
Geechee Sea Island Coalition, an advocacy organization for the continuation of Gullah/Geechee culture.
Queen Quet was elected and is respectfully addressed as Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
She recorded at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France the human rights story of the Gullah/Geechee
people and was invited by the United Nations to present before “Minority Forum” on behalf of the
International Human Rights Association for American Minorities (IHRAAM). Queen Quet is an Expert
Commissioner in the Department of the Interior for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.
Eloise Greenfield is the author of forty-five children’s books. Her simple yet eloquent works cover,
from a black American perspective, the familiar territory of childhood - the challenges and joys of
growing up. Ms. Greenfield has received many awards, including the Carter G. Woodson Award
(National Council for the Social Studies) for Rosa Parks; the Coretta Scott King Award (American
Library Association) for Africa Dream; and the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children
(National Council of Teachers of English). She continues to write and find new ways of reaching
her audience such as Twitter and in her first YouTube video, “Grandma Rap Eloise Greenfield.”
Antoinette Harrell is a genealogist, researcher and author. She has spent the last ten years
traveling throughout the South collecting the stories of post-emancipation former slaves. Her
research on peonage and post-emancipation slavery in the 20th Century has been featured on
Nightline News and published in People Magazine. Ms. Harrell was appointed Honorary Assistant
Attorney General for the state of Louisiana in 2003 for her study in genealogy and reparations. In
2007, she spearheaded efforts to have the state of Louisiana proclaim October as Family History
Month. She is a documentary producer and hosts a blog radio talk show.
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The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington
2013 Living Legacy Awardees
Olivia Hooker, PhD is a psychologist and social activist who, at 97 years of age, is a national
treasure. As a young girl in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she is a survivor of the Tulsa Race Riots, the most
violent of all race riots in US history. She is the first African-American woman Enlisted in the US
Coast Guard. As a school psychologist, Dr. Hooker practiced in the Albion Correctional Facility,
Kennedy Child Study Center, and Fred Keller School. She was a psychology professor at Fordham
University for twenty-two years. Widely respected, Dr. Hooker has delivered papers on child
assessment in Rome, Bologna, Egypt and in many U.S. cities.
Lyn Hughes, EdD cultural activist, scholar and author, is the founder of the A. Philip Randolph
Pullman Porter Museum, the first of its kind in the nation. An advocate for building cultural and
historical awareness among African-Americans, she is also a strong supporter of using the arts as a
tool for economic development. Dr. Hughes has been a consultant on numerous books and films,
including the SHOWTIME docudrama “10,000 Black Men Named George,” that focused on the
genius of A. Philip Randolph, who organized the Pullman Porters union. In 2012, she established
the Center for Black Labor Research in Chicago.
Dorothy Jones was a native of Dothan, Alabama and the grand-daughter of a free man, Mr. Caleb
Branch, who received his 40 acres. When Jones moved to Pompano Beach, Florida where the living
conditions were below standards, she led the community’s fight against county governmental
agencies for clean water, street lights, police and fire protection. Mrs. Jones and her husband
established a non-profit to improve the slum and blighted areas. This organization created and
managed social programs, affordable housing, the first black cable system, and other businesses
for the Collier City/Pompano Beach community. Mrs. Jones was nominated Woman of the Year
and ran for City Commissioner.
Cheryl L. Knox has exhibited relentless service to youth in Wisconsin coaching track and field
for over twenty years. Countless young athletes have realized their dream of attending college
through track as a result of her training. Coach Knox has broken the barriers of poverty,
non-traditional families, and low social economic status by transforming at-risk neighborhood
youth into Junior Olympic Athletes in a small gym with no formal equipment. Ms. Knox juggles
three jobs to fund her program while raising a family.
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2013 Living Legacy Awardees
Latoya Lucas has always recognized the pride and honor in helping others whether serving as a
soldier or volunteering her time and expertise to non-profit and civic organizations. She is a Purple
Heart Medal recipient, the combat decoration awarded to service members wounded or killed in
combat. Ms. Lucas is also the recipient of The Tony Snow Public Service Award named in honor of
former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow. In 2011, she was appointed by Veterans Affairs
Secretary Eric Shinseki to serve on the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.
Ms. Lucas is a national motivational speaker and the author of The Immeasurable Spirit.
Naomi Long Madgett is Poet Laureate of Detroit, MI, author of ten books of poetry, and founder
and publisher/editor of Lotus Press, Inc. She won the 2012 Kresge Eminent Artist Award in
recognition of her decades of commitment to originating, illuminating, and preserving poetry by
African-Americans. A documentary film on her life and work is “Star by Star: Naomi Long Madgett,
Poet and Publisher.” Lotus has published 93 collections of poetry. Madgett’s papers are housed in
the Special Collections libraries of The University of Michigan and Fisk University. Her life-size bronze
bust resides at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Dr. Madgett is Professor
of English Emerita at Eastern Michigan University
Margaret Moore, PhD is a leader and pioneer in the administration of state prison and municipal
jail systems. Her firsts in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections include first woman
Superintendent of an all-male prison and Deputy Secretary of the Corrections Department. She is
the first and only woman to head the District of Columbia Department of Corrections. Dr. Moore
is currently a full-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Sociology and
Social Work at the University of the District of Columbia. Her passion is community education and
advocacy aimed towards ending family violence, particularly violence against women and children.
Mary Moultrie has committed her life to the service of others and has a long history of civil rights
activism. Ms. Moultrie’s leadership during the 1969 Hospital Workers’ Strike helped to change the
way black hospital workers were paid and treated in Charleston, the state of South Carolina, and the
South. Her efforts and the efforts of countless others led to improved pay equity, respect and better
treatment for Black hospital workers. Ms. Moultrie is often listed with people like Harry Briggs,
Congressman Jim Clyburn, and Septima Clark as major contributors to the Civil Rights Movement in
South Carolina.
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The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington
2013 Living Legacy Awardees
Newatha Myers, the owner of the first black business in downtown Huntington, West Virginia,
is President of the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation, a position she has held for more
than 20 years. As a former anti-poverty counselor, she helped more than a thousand young
people find their way, in addition to helping many others through scholarships awarded by the
Woodson Foundation. Mrs. Myers was instrumental in raising funds for the statue of Dr. Woodson
in Huntington and she has been recognized as a “History Hero” by the West Virginia Division of
Culture and History and as an “irreplaceable West Virginia asset.”
Consolee Nishimwe is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide against Tutsis. She suffered extreme
physical torture during her three months in hiding and miraculously survived with her mother and
younger sister. Nishimwe is a committed speaker on the genocide, a defender of global women’s
rights, and an advocate for other genocide survivors. She now lives in New York. “Her book, Tested
to the Limit—A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience, and Hope is a riveting and courageous
account from the perspective of a 14-year-old girl. It’s a powerful story you will never forget.”
Florence Tate is a civil rights activist, reporter for the Dayton Daily News and Press Secretary for
the historic 1984 Jesse Jackson Presidential campaign. As a journalist, she has seen first-hand the
integration of corporate America, the workings of civil rights groups and their leadership, and
the change or lack thereof in views of American society relative to race relations. Although an
octogenarian, she remains active and committed to sharing her experiences to motivate people to
be involved in the fight for equality and justice. Ms. Tate is currently penning her memoirs.
Najmah Thomas, PhD was raised in the Gullah Geechee culture of St. Helena’s Island, SC. Despite
many hardships, with support from family and friends, she pursued her education and earned a
doctorate in public policy from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she currently serves as
adjunct faculty with the L. Douglas Wilder School. Dr. Thomas is a state Workforce Investment
Act programs director with Virginia’s Community College System. She volunteers extensively, and
founded “Prince & Princesses, Inc.”, a nonprofit that cultivates youth leadership skills. She also has
worked for several years with The Cameron Foundation to improve the quality of life for Southside
Virginia residents.
Camilla P. Thompson, an educator, has distinguished herself as an authority on African American
history in Jacksonville, Florida. Her historical research, writings, and interpretations were
motivated by the need to preserve history for younger generations. Being a major contributor
for Jacksonville’s African American educational programs, Ms. Thompson committed herself to
organizing historical materials accumulated by Clara White Mission; a principal figure in organizing
the Tour of 30 Black Historical Sites; instrumental in developing slide presentations of African
American early life; and the writing of a weekly column for the Jacksonville Free Press. Ms.
Thompson serves as the History & Archive Chairperson at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
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Luncheon Sponsors and Patrons
Leading Sponsor
Farmers Insurance
Kathleen Bethel
Roy Betts
Zende Clark
Sheila Flemming-Hunter
Bettye Ann Gardner
Henry Greenup
Lionel Kimble
Kenya King
Gina Paige
Annette Palmer
Randy Rice
Daryl Michael Scott
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Preservation Sponsor
UAW - Chrysler National Training Institute
Media Sponsors
The Afro-American Newspaper
Radio One
The Washington Informer Newspaper
Photogr aphy Sponsor
American Gaming Association
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Music Sponsor
ASALH Van McCoy Legacy Branch
Dorothy Bailey
Carol A. Colbert
Marsha Coleman-Adebayo
Adisa Douglas
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Joseph E. Harris
Rose Marie Harris
National Museum of American History
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
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Linda Y. Smith
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Arnold Taylor
Rose Williams
Nicole Williams
Jeanne Woods
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Charles Amos
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation - Avoice
African American Experience Fund
Cheryl Gooch
Nikki Graves Henderson
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Mrs. Jim Gray
Delores Harris
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Mooreland Spingarn, Howard University
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Mrs. Thomas McDaniels
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Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity
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Mrs. Larry Poe
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William Simons
Alan Spears
Magnolia Taylor
Robert Taylor
Mrs. Robert Taylor
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Machinists & Engineers
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At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality:
The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington
Silent Auction/R affle
Gift Baskets
I Dream of Africa
Delta’s Delight
Black ‘n Blue
Art & Books
Freedom’s Song
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African Ancestry Genealogy Kit
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At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality:
The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington
President Sidney A. Ribeau
and The Howard University Family
President Mickey Burnim
and The Bowie State University Family
Henry Joseph, Videogr apher
Anointed Jazz Quorum - “AJQ + 1”
(Luncheon Band)
Artist-in-Residence Charles Bibbs
“Legacy Of Hope”
(Cover Image)
DC Lottery
(Black History Posters)
Tecoya Gordon - Miss Black DC USA
Natasha Stovall - Miss Black VA USA
Denyse Gordon - Miss Veter an America
Tuere Anne Marshall - Miss Classic American Woman
Mary McCoy - Miss Senior District of Columbia
87th ASALH Black History Month Luncheon
Washington, DC | February 23, 2013
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The American Gaming Association (AGA) is a proud sponsor of the Association for the Study
of African American Life and History (ASALH)’s 87th Annual Black History Month Luncheon.
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ASALH’s 2013 Black History Month Luncheon
In celebration of the 150th Anniversary
of the Emancipation Proclamation
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87th ASALH Black History Month Luncheon
Washington, DC | February 23, 2013
Luncheon Sponsors
2012-2013 ASALH Sponsors & Contributors
2012 Convention
V.P. Franklin
Our Authors Study Club
Gladys Gary Vaughn
Randy Rice
Daryl Michael Scott
Troy S. Thornton
Carlton Wilson
August Wilson Center
BNY Mellon
The Buhl Foundation
Carnegie Mellon University
The Community College of Allegheny
Duquesne University
Senator John Heinz History Center
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National Park Service
National Parks Conservation Association
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The Washington Informer
87th ASALH Black History Month Luncheon
Washington, DC | February 23, 2013
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2012-2013 ASALH Sponsors & Contributors
Alferdteen B. Harrison
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Sojourn to the Past
Candace Stepp
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Essie Sutton
Marietta Tanner
Constance Pegram Tate
Alfred Tatum
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Mabel Thornton
Amos Townsend
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Doris Wilkinson
Judy Williams
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Priscilla Williamson (In Memory of Isaiah Williamson II and
Isaiah Williamson, Jr.)
At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality:
The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington
Dr. King traveled over
6,000,000 miles for us.
AARP and you, continuing the journey.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to making the world a better place for
us all. The powerful legacy he left behind reminds us that even if it takes millions
of miles more, together we can make it happen. At AARP, we are committed to
ensuring that every generation has the power to carry the legacy of Dr. King even
further and the opportunity to live the best life possible. To discover all of the work
we’re doing in your community, visit
Freedom’s Song
100 years of African American
Struggle and triumph
This groundbreaking documentary
and accompanying lesson plans for
elementary, middle and high school
classrooms was created through a
grant from Farmers Insurance in
partnership with the association for
the Study of African American Life
and History. It is provided free of
charge to any educator who
requests it through the web site
Look for the March 2013 launch of the
University of Farmers Education Foundation
Thank a Million Teachers campaign
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