Location: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
WL SPONSORED – Photos by Kyle Samperton
AFRICA LIVE(S): The National Museum of African Art celebrated its 30th anniversary with a first ever black-tie fund-raising gala with traditional dancers entertaining the super models, entertainers, arts patrons, politicos, and other guests. Director Johnnetta B. Cole spoke eloquently of the museum’s mission to the crowd seated at tables covered in tropical flowers amid orange silk-covered walls. Grammy winning singer Angelique Kidjo got everyone on their feet and encouraged guests to share the mic with her, while actor Jeffrey Wright spoke about tracing his family’s genealogical roots. CELEBRANTS: Baroness Valerie Amos, the former leader of the British House of Lords, Deputy Secretary of State for Africa Johnnie Carson, civil rights leader Dorothy Height, Egyptian Ambassador Sameh Shoukry, Gwendolyn Mikell, James D. Staton, and Howard Dodson.