Big names in town

Social Scene

June 04, 2006|By KARLAYNE R. PARKER | KARLAYNE R. PARKER,UNISUN EDITOR

There were lots of nationally renowned speakers in town worth listening to this spring.

All of them came with a cause.

Broadcaster Tavis Smiley stopped at a local church in April to talk about his book, Covenant With Black America, which is a New York Times best-seller. He was promoting the book and its goal -- to uplift and empower African- Americans.

Many of us saw Hotel Rwanda, a movie that depicted the massacre of hundreds of thousands of people in Rwanda.

Rwanda hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, who lived through the events and saved many lives, came to town in April to give insights to the massacre as part of his book tour.

Then there was Oprah.

Fans packed the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in April to hear Oprah Winfrey speak at a fund-raiser for the Beth Tfiloh school. Before her talk, there was a reception with lots of food and drink. She talked about everything from her days as an anchor and talk-show host for WJZ-TV to her thoughts on education.

There were plenty of other events going on in town as well.

Such as the worship-through-dance recital at the Reginald F. Lewis Maryland African American Museum of History and Culture.

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