2:09pm January 16, 2013

Patti Labelle, Angela Bassett to Attend Star Studded MLK Inaugural Gala


Stars Patti Labelle, Angela Bassett, Cicely Tyson, Hill Harper will attend The Dream Moving Forward” Inaugural Black-Tie Gala on Sunday at the Howard Theatre.  The gala will recognize “two great and historical leaders: President Barack Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Press release: The Inaugural Celebration will bring our nation’s elite together to celebrate the re-election of our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. The star-studded gala, hosted by Angela Bassett with a special performance by Patti LaBelle, will feature some of the nation’s most esteemed dignitaries, prominent celebrities, performers and influential citizens.

Host Committee; U.S. Congressional Members; Rep. Bobby Rush (1st District-Illinois), Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (5th District-NY) and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (11th District- NY), Dick Gregory (nationally acclaimed Comedian & Civil Rights Activist), Harry Johnson (President and CEO, Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.), Dr. Frank Smith (Executive Director, The African American Civil War Museum), Rock Newman (renowned Entrepreneur, Humanitarian & Legendary Boxing Promoter), Jamie Foster Brown (Publisher, Sister 2 Sister Magazine), Will Walters (Publisher, Monarch Magazine) and Jean Fugett (Former NFL Player, Journalist, Attorney, and Businessman, founding partners TLC Beatrice International Foods).

Charities: A portion of the event proceeds will be given to The Memorial Fund for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument and the African American Civil War Memorial Museum.

Exclusive: Unveiling of wax figure of President Barack Obama, Presented by The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, Inc. (http://www.greatblacksinwax.org)

When: Sunday, January 20, 2013

Time: 7:30pm -8:30pm – RED CARPET & VIP RECEPTION

8:30pm-11:30pm – The Dream Moving Forward Gala

12:00am-3:00am- Celebration Party

Where: The Historic Howard Theatre, 620 T Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Why: In November 2008, the American public elected Barack Obama as the first African-American President of the United States, culminating in his inauguration on January 20, 2009. This historical inauguration was consummated the day after we celebrate the birth date of the world’s most influential civil rights leader and architect of the riveting “I Have a Dream” speech, also delivered here in this great city of Washington, D.C. How incredibly fitting! What an incredible step toward achieving Dr. King’s historically profound vision of equality. The event will also help raise funds for two important charities, The Memorial Fund for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument and the African American Civil War Memorial Museum. Their work celebrates the historical journey, from The Civil War…to Civil Rights…To Making History with the first African-American being elected as the President of the United States.

For More Information visit: www.thedreammovingforward.com

Ticket Information:Tickets can be purchased online here

Howard Theatre, please visit http://thehowardtheatre.com/show/2013/01/20/the-dream-moving-forward-inaugural-gala


About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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  1. Wish I could there sounds awesome!!!

  2. Wish I Could Afford To Be There. BE BLESSED ALWAYS ENJOY.

  3. I wish it was televised or maybe they could put it on a DVD for sale..

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