Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Community Healing Network, Inc. to Co-Host Inaugural Celebration

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The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAA) and the Community Healing Network (CHN) will co-host a Champagne Reception on Martin Luther King, Jr, Day, Monday, January 19, 2009, from 7:00pm to 11:00pm, in celebration of the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama.

New Haven, CT January 8, 2009 -- The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAA) and the Community Healing Network (CHN) will co-host a Champagne Reception on Martin Luther King, Jr, Day, Monday, January 19, 2009, from 7:00pm to 11:00pm, in celebration of the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama This inaugural event will bring together a diverse group of people to celebrate on the day that the nation looks back to remember the struggle for civil rights and looks forward to a new beginning with the inauguration of the first American president of African descent.

The Champagne Reception will take place at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20560. Tickets are $175 before January 9, 2009 and $200 after and can be purchased at http://www.communityhealingnet.org. The event will feature cultural offerings of music, dance, and live entertainment. In addition to hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment, the Museum's galleries will be open for the enjoyment of guests. Special guests will include best-selling author Stephen L. Carter, First Lady of Massachusetts, Diane Patrick, Tom Joyner Morning Show commentator Stephanie Robinson, and the Honorable Omar Neal, mayor of the City of Tuskegee, Alabama, just to name a few.

With Dr. Maya Angelou as its Honorary Chair, CHN promotes emotional healing and renewal in the Black community to help all Black people see themselves in a whole new light. The National Museum of African Art fosters the discovery and appreciation of the visual arts of Africa, the cradle of humanity.

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