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About the Legacy Tribute Dinner

On January 29, 2007, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) hosted a special dinner tribute to the civil rights generation to commemorate the first anniversary of Coretta Scott King's death. The dinner took place in the Cannon Caucus Room on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and was organized by the NMAAHC in collaboration with Karz Productions for the purposes of the "Legacy" documentary. The 18 participants represented a wide variety of backgrounds and professions, including business, politics, the media, academia, and the arts.

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Dinner Guests

  • Lonnie G. Bunch, Host
    Founding Director, Smithsonian’s National Museum of
    African American History and Culture
  • Tanya Barfield
    Playwright, author of “The Blue Door”
  • Donna Brazile
    Founder and Managing Director, Brazile and Associates, and
    Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute
  • Chuck D
    Founder and frontman of the rap group, Public Enemy, and
    Founder of the “supersite”
  • Marian Wright Edelman
    President and Founder, Children’s Defense Fund
  • Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake
    Senior Pastor, Greater Allen A. M. E. Cathedral of New York,
    and President, Wilberforce University
  • Thelma Golden
    Director and Chief Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Earl Graves
    Founder and Publisher, Black Enterprise Magazine
  • Dr. Dorothy Height
    Chair, National Council of Negro Women
  • Bill T. Jones
    Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
  • Rep. John Lewis
    Congressman from Georgia and Civil Rights leader
  • John McWhorter
    Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, and author of
    Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis of Black America
  • Dr. Ben Chavis Muhammad
    CEO, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
  • Orlando Patterson
    Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, and National Book Award winner
  • Deborah Roberts
    ABC News correspondent
  • Theodore M. Shaw
    Director-Counsel and President, NAACP
    Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Beverly Daniel Tatum
    President, Spelman College
  • Roger Wilkins
    Professor of History and American Culture, George Mason University,
    and former chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board
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