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December 22, 2012 - December 28, 2012, The Afro-American

Reginald F. Lewis High School dance team


Carolyn Fugett, Dr. A. Skip Sanders, director, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Maddie Burton, Loida Lewis, Dr. Barney J. Frank, principal, Reginald F. Lewis High School

Competition winners from Reginald F. Lewis and Dunbar high schools

Jean Fugett Sr., Carolyn Fugett and Jean Fugett Jr. Loida Lewis

Loida Lewis signs RFL’s book.

Quilt to honor Reginald F. Lewis

Dunbar High School Students

Reginald F. Lewis’ mother and father

Students of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Reginald F. Lewis high schools responded to the mantra of Reginald F. Lewis’ life, “Keep going, no matter what,” with creative writing, music and dance on what would have been his 70th birthday, Dec. 7, at Dunbar High School. The storied entrepreneur served as chair and CEO of TLC Beatrice International, the largest American company owned by an African American during his lifetime and is the person for whom the largest African-American themed museum on the east Coast is named – the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

Photos by Anderson Ward

Judge Askew Gatewood and Dana Gibson, wife of Larry Gibson

Carla Hayden, director of Pratt Library

Rep. Elijah Cummings

Young Thurgood Photos by J.D. Howard

Chief Judge Robert Bell of Maryland Court of Appeals

Dean Phoebe Haddon of University of Maryland Carey Law School

Dr. Nina Rawlings, mother of Mayor

Vernon Simms, chief of staff for Rep. Cummings with Carla Hayden, director of Pratt Library

Judge Marcella Holland with Larry Gibson

Enoch Pratt Central Library was filled to capacity for Larry Gibson’s lecture and book signing, Dec. 13, for his recently released, “Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice.” People from around the region came to celebrate one of Maryland’s favorite sons and the law professor who set the record straight.

Dr. Sarah Garrett with parents William and Mildred Garrett with Larry Gibson, Esq.

From left, State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein, Gov. O’Malley, Mayor Rawlings-Blake, with Larry Gibson, and Sen. Paul Sarbanes

Book signing at Pratt Library

Jimmy Britton, owner of Class Act Caterers, with Dr. Patricia Schmoke

December 22, 2012 - December 28, 2012, The Afro-American


The 105-year-old first Black woman to serve in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II, a Russian-born wheelchair athlete and one of the deans of local broadcast news in D.C. received Olender Foundation Awards Dec. 5. Alyce Dixon, 105, received the Olender Foundation’s America’s Role Model Award. Tatyana McFadden, a famous paralympian, was handed the foundation’s Trailblazer Award. And News4 anchor Jim Vance, of WRC-TV, was presented the Foundation’s Generous Heart Award. The charitable arm of Jack H. Olender and Associates, a D.C.-based medical malpractice law firm, also awarded law school scholarships to a dozen law students at the University of the District Columbia (UDC) and Howard University. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray unveiled a proclamation honoring Jack Olender, the firm’s founder, and the award recipients at the event held at the Kennedy Center.

Deborah Tidwell serenades all the Awardees on stage with her for the finale “So Many Heroes.”

Photos by Marshall Cohen

Alyce Dixon cracks up emcee Paul Berry as he interviews her on the Kennedy Center stage before she is presented the America’s role Model Award. The 105 year-old World War II WAC had the audience roaring. Jim Vance escorted to the podium by Maudine Cooper, president, and Jerry Moore, chairman of board of Greater Washington Urban League, recipient of Olender Foundation grant in his honor. The popular anchor at NBC4 was named with the Generous Heart Award for his volunteer works.

Howard Law School Interim Dean Okianer Christian Dark presents Outstanding Law student Award to Randal C. Smith; He has served the community by working as a student attorney in the Small Claims Court and advocating for gay rights.

Paul Berry welcomes Mayor Vincent Gray to the podium where the Mayor proclaimed December 5, 2012 The Olender Foundation Day in the District of Columbia to honor all the awardees.

Olender Foundation president Jack Olender with WWII WAC Alyce Dixon and her America’s Role Model Award on the Terrace Theater stage of the Kennedy Center.

Attentive prize winning law students from Howard Law School and UDC David Clarke Law School; 12 students received honors and scholarships to further their public interest work.

Former U.S. Commissioner for Developmental Disabilities Deborah McFadden presents her daughter Tatyana McFadden the Trailblazer Award. At the 2012 Paralympics Tatyana won three gold medals.

Jack Olender and the band welcome Joshua Basile, 2006 Olender Foundation’s America’s Role Model awardee for his work assisting persons with handicaps to lead meaningful lives.

The National Society of Black Engineers, One World Education, the Georgetown Ministry Center, the D.C. Public Library Foundation, The Fishing School, Safe Shores and the Perry School Community Service Center were recipients of grants Dec. 1 from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.’s Washington D.C. Alumnae Foundation. The awards highlighted the sorority’s annual breakfast, fashion show and auction at the Washington Hilton.

D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser and WUSA 9 News Now anchor, Lesli Foster

Photos by Rob Roberts

Pin-striped suit

Furs on the runway.

Audrey Doman, coordinator, 24th Breakfast Fashion Show extends welcome to guests.

Emcee Leslie Foster, WUSA 9 News Now anchor and her daughter with Edgar Brookins, Afro American Newspaper.

Grant recipients with chapter leaders.

Arthur Edge and Tracy Adams, NSBE

Venida Hamilton, chair of the DST Alumnae Foundation’s board of directors, and Rev. Dr. E. Gail Anderson Holness, foundation director

Lavonia Kennedy, Barbara Murphy, Nancy Tucker, Pat Middleton (standing) and Kathy Logan

Members of the planning committee, chapter/foundation leaders with D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser (3rd from the right) and Edgar Brookins (far left)

Cherelle Glymph Foster and Nadia Foster These Delta sisters re-connected; a reunion of sorts.

Lifestyle - Sophisticated Settings December 22 2012  
Lifestyle - Sophisticated Settings December 22 2012  

Lifestyle - Sophisticated Settings December 22 2012