Events around town

Social Scene


HE SOCIAL SCENE HAS BEEN hot and it has nothing to do with the weather.

We've had notable speakers such as Maya Angelou, who came to town in May as part of The Sun's Headlines & Biographies series. Angelou, who is in her 70s, is one of the most dynamic speakers I've ever heard. She enthralled the audience at the Lyric Opera House with stories about the people in her life that have made her journey, thus far, very rich.

I had a personal audience with her, which was a real treat.

June was full of events such as a local Juneteenth event and a South Africa documentary film festival in Washington. The festival had a host of films and included a night marking the anniversary of the Soweto uprising in South Africa on June 16, 1976.

The National Baptist Congress of Christian Education held its convention here in June with about 50,000 in attendance.

We caught up with New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, who spoke to convention pastors about investing in revitalizing the hurricane-ravaged area. The pastors responded with a program that asks Baptist churches to adopt and help rebuild the church community in New Orleans.

Lastly, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture celebrated its first birthday in June.

There were lots of family-oriented activities for the celebration, including an event that honored local living legends.

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