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Friday, August 26, 2011

Alpha Phi Alpha Kicks Off The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dedication with A Jazz Mixer

 (All Images By: Reggie Campbell for Ideal Pr Media: RL Campbell Photography www.rlphotography.com)

Last night at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha kicked off the weekend of celebration activities with a Jazz mixer.  Some of the sponsors included AARP, Men's Warehouse, Anheuser-Busch and the Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

The president of Alpha Phi Alpha Herman "Skip" Mason greeted the guest and confirmed that all of their dedication events taking place Thurs-Saturday were still confirmed to take place. Lamont King dazzled the crowd with his smooth humor and candid wit and kicked the performances off with a bang.

Hosted by Lamont King, DC's sexy (and single) Alpha man, the night included an evening of live jazz performance, passed hors d'oeuvres and private tables fashioned with  trays of assorted chocolate dipped strawberries, fresh melons, grilled shrimp skewers, tenderloin crustini, exotic cheese and crackers.


Some of the notables who attended were Della Reese, Council At-large Vincent Orange (Washington, DC), actress Dawnn Lewis (A Different World), Alpha Phi Alpha Present Herman "Skip" Mason,  and lawyer Nia Phillips (Obama Appointee) among others. Actress Victoria Rowell (Young and Restless) and comedian Sheryl Underwood (BET) were spotted at the end of the night outside of the ballroom.



Attendee Nia Phillips
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The night's opening solo act began with singer Kathleen Bertrand singing a song set that included "Georgia On My Mind." Followed by trumpet player and Alpha man Melvin M. Miller who started his set from the back of the room and worked his way through the crowd.



Next up was Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated member Miriamm Wright in a vibrant orange satin dress singing a set that included a beautiful rendition of "Summertime." The night continued with Saxophonist and Alpha man BK Jackson and then ended with a group performance with all of the performers from the night on stage.

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Here is what Council At-large Vincent Orange had to say about what he was looking forward to this weekend, and what he has been doing in the city surrounding this historic event.
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IDEAL PR Media Team For This Event (Reggie Campbell, CenterStage1, Neeta Wooten)

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