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Date: February 21, 2006
Media Contact: Jennifer Levy, 301-208-9552 (AAFAE); Steve Simon, 301-251-7952 (Montgomery College)

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African American Festival to Hold First Recognition Gala, March 31
Organizers of Annual Event to Recognize Academic Excellence to Pay Tribute to Local Leaders

The first annual African American Festival of Academic Excellence (AAFAE) Recognition Gala will be held 6:30 p.m., March 31, 2006 at the Indian Spring Country Club, Silver Spring, MD. This year’s honorees will be Dr. Charlene Nunley, president of Montgomery College, and Dr. Gregory Bell, director of Diversity Initiatives for Montgomery County Public Schools.

The keynote speaker for this event will be Kweisi Mfume, a former congressman and president and chief executive officer of the NAACP. Mfume is currently a candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland.  The master of ceremony for this black-tie affair will be J.C. Hayward, WUSA 9 News anchor. Also making a special appearance will be popular jazz recording artist, Marcus Johnson. 

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by contacting any AAFAE member, or by calling Delores Lincoln-Willis at (301) 589-6582, Etienne Takougang at (301) 946-1376, or by visiting the website at

The African American Festival of Academic Excellence (AAFAE) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and acknowledging the importance of education and learning in Montgomery County’s African American community.  Since 1989, the AAFAE has recognized the academic achievements of nearly 13,000 students and hopes to continue this tradition well into the 21st century. Funds raised from this first-ever Recognition Gala will help to sustain and expand the organization’s efforts.

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