Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Reginald F. Lewis Museum Gala Celebration
Honoring Howard "Pete" Rawlings

WHEN: October 29 - November 1, 2014

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum Gala launches the museum's 10th anniversary with three days of celebration consisting of a community awards event, a breakfast about education, and the gala itself from October 29-November 1, 2014. Events are as follows:

Community Awards Program
Wednesday October 29, 2014, 6-8 PM
at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

This year, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum gala will honor the late Delegate Howard "Pete" Rawlings and his wonderful legacy and dedication to Maryland communities. As part of its gala celebration, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum will present community awards to highlight the work of local organizations and individuals for their service to our communities. The six awardees are Theo Rodgers, President of A&R Companies; Annette March-Grier, President of Roberta's House; Bronwyn Mayden, Executive Director of Promise Heights; Associated Black Charities; the AFRO American Newspapers; and The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.

Engage, Educate, and Empower
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 9:30-10:30 AM
at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
The event focuses on the inspiring school curriculum An African American Journey: A Resource for Learning the History of African Americans in Maryland and the United States. This teacher's resource was developed through a partnership between the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The curriculum is designed to give children across Maryland a life-long appreciation and knowledge of the iconic history and culture of African Americans, with a special focus on Maryland. Guests will receive a copy of the curriculum to take with them.

Museum Gala Saturday
November 1, 2014, 7:30 PM
at Martin's West, Baltimore, MD
Join us for an evening of celebration and launch of the 10th anniversary festivities of the museum. This year's honoree is Delegate Howard "Pete" Rawlings and the special awardee is Paulette Brown, Esq. Ms. Brown is a Baltimore native and the first African American woman to be named president-elect of the powerful American Bar Association.  The Honorary Co-Chairs are Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; Judge Robert M. Bell; and Delegate Adrienne A. Jones, Speaker Pro Tem, Maryland House of Delegates. Congressman Elijah Cummings will be present. The gala co-chairs are Beverly Cooper and Beverly Carter. Live entertainment is provided by the Panama band. There will be a live auction of Orioles' Adam Jones' cleats and two pairs of airline tickets to Puerto Rico plus hotel, courtesy of Southwest Airlines and the Hyatt House. The gala supports the work of the museum to share with audiences from around the world the iconic legacy of African American history and culture to create greater understanding and healing. Gala attendees will also have the chance to contribute to community access for schoolchildren by funding one or more school buses so that children may visit the museum.

For more information about the gala, visit www.RFLewisMuseum/gala

About the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is Baltimore's premier facility highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans with a special focus on Maryland's African American community. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the East Coast's largest African American museum, occupying an 82,000 square-foot facility with ample permanent and special exhibition space, interactive learning environments, auditorium, resource center, oral history recording studio, museum shop, café, classrooms, meeting rooms, outside terrace and reception areas. The museum is located at 830 Pratt Street, Baltimore near the Inner Harbor at the corner of Pratt and President Streets. The museum is also accessible on Baltimore's Charm City Circulator Orange and Green Routes. For more information, please call 443-263-1800 or visit