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March 1, 2014 - March 7, 2014, The Afro-American

MLK Support Group Celebrates Our History The Martin Luther King Jr. DC Support Group hosted its Annual Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show, Jan. 20, at Martin’s Crosswinds, Greenbelt, Md. While celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King, on a larger scale, they celebrated the history of an inspiring people, African Americans. In so doing, the Honorable Sterling Tucker was presented the 2014 Humanitarian Award and several students were presented with academic scholarships. Andrea Roane, CH-9 TV served as the emcee. The afternoon was capped off with a fast tempo, New York styled fashion show presented by Lovely Lady Boutique. The Rev. Lewis Anthony, Episcopal Director for Ecumenical Affairs, AME Zion Church gave the benediction. Courtesy photos

Anita Bonds, D.C. City Council; President Beverly H. Griggs, founder, the Honorable Sterling Tucker, 2014 Humanitarian Award recipient; Andrea Roane WUSA 9, Anthony W. Frederick Sr., chairman of the board The fashions were the highlight

Rev. John S. Barckley, former president of the MLK Support Group and treasurer with Sheila Barckley

Joan Douglas Jordan, recording secretary Dr. Helen V. Tate, founder and Julia Marshall

The Harrison sisters: Minnie McDonald, Beverly Griggs and Yvonne Whitmon

Anthony W. Frederick Sr., Dorothy S. Fauntroy, Dr. Helen V. Tate, Beverly Harrison Griggs, Carmen H. Frederick, Ron Magnus, Phyllis Ballenger, Yvonne “Ms. Butterfly” Harris, Rev. Dr. George E. Holmes, Yvonne Brown, Rev. Lewis Anthony, Joan Douglas-Jordan

Gwend Johnson, CBTU; Caiya Hawkins, Roosevelt SHS; President Beverly H. Griggs, Anthony W. Frederick Sr, chairman of the board; Jelard Aquino, Oxon Hill HS, Joyce Feaster, Andrea Rowan

Ruth, the fashion show commentator and Gregory, one of the male models

Wyonette Brown, first vice president

Hospitality committee, first row: Carmen H. Frederick, Local 657; Wyonette Brown, first vice president; Dr. Helen V. Tate, founder and former president; Beverly Harrison Griggs, president; Joan Douglas- Jordan, recording secretary; Shirley Lambert, chaplain; Gwend Johnson, CBTU. Second row: Anthony W. Frederick Sr., chairman of the board; Phyllis Ballenger, Yvonne Harris, financial sec.; Yvonne Brown, treasurer; Eula Lee Clark, Carolyn Bledsoe, Rev. John S. Barckley, past president and treasurer, Alonzo Brown

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The NEA Foundation Board of Directors with Phylica Rashad, host and Tony Award-winning actress

Host Phylicia Rashad, Tony Award-winning actress best known as Claire Huxtable on “The Cosby Show”

Dean E. Vogel, left, president of California Teachers Association (CTA); Gary Phoebus, president and CEO of NEA Member Benefits; Kimberley Gilles, teacher from Danville, Calif., and recipient of NEA Member Benefits Awards for Teaching Excellence (with husband and daughter); Mark Chichester, chair of the NEA Foundation board; Harriet Sanford, president and CEO, NEA Foundation; Dennis Van Roekel, NEA president

Tony-award winning actress Phylicia Rashad hosted the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala Feb. 7, in Washington, D.C., to honor 36 exceptional public school educators. Known as the Academy Awards of public education, the NEA Foundation’s gala is an annual celebration of the men and women who work in America’s public schools. Nearly 80 student Harriet Sanford, performers from Montgomery County Public Schools, president and CEO of entertained with talent as huge as the world they the NEA Foundation presented through music, song, dance, and poetry. Photos by NEA and Fotobriceno An eleventh-grader and award-winning poet, Blessed Sheriff, inspired with her original poem, “This is what my teachers said” and the show’s finale, “On the definition of hope,” which she performed with Rashad. The top honor, the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Harriet Sanford, left, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation; Horace Excellence, went to Mann Award recipients Christopher Stone (Conn.), Kathleen Sims (Minn.), Kimberley Gilles, an Kimberley Gilles (Calif.), Marita Zuraitis, president and CEO of Horace English teacher at Monte Mann Educators Corporation, Horace Mann Award recipients Eileen Vista School in Danville, Sheehy (Mont.), Brian Sites (Wash.), Dennis Van Roekel, NEA president Calif., nominated by the California Teachers Association. The NEA Foundation also honored the transformational work of Special Olympics, the recipient of our Security Benefit Award for Outstanding Service Phylicia Rashad with Mark Chichester, left, chair of the to Public Education, student performer, NEA Foundation Board of Directors; accepted by Chairman Blessed Sheriff, an Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of Dr. Timothy Shriver. eleventh-grader at the NEA Foundation; Phylica Rashad, Richard Montgomery The entire show was host, Tony Award-winning actress; High School in also seen by awardees’ John Stocks, NEA executive director; Rockville, Md. and students, colleagues, and Dennis Van Roekel, NEA president award-winning poet communities via a live webcast.

Mark Chichester, left, chair of the NEA Foundation Board of Directors; Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation; Horace Mann Award recipients Christopher Stone (Conn.); Eileen Sheehy (Mont.), Kathleen Sims (Minn.); Michael P. Kiley, CEO of Security Benefit Corporation; Horace Mann Award recipients Kimberley Gilles (Calif.) and Brian Sites (Wash.)

Performance by “Titanes Salseros,” a Latin dance group from Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, Md.

African drumming performance by Montgomery County

Dr. Timothy Shriver, chairman of Special Olympics, accepting the Security Benefit Awards for Outstanding Service to Public Education on its behalf

Phylicia Rashad, Beau Brown, chairman and CEO of California Casualty; Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation

Mark Chichester, left, chair of the NEA Foundation board; host and Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad; Jerry L. Johnson, member of the NEA Foundation board

Student performers from Montgomery County Public Schools


Washington Afro-American Newspaper March 1 2014