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TransAfrica’s first female president Nicole C. Lee keynotes the 29th Annual MLK Jr. Program on Jan. 14, 2014. Image courtesy of ArtsGroup, Inc.

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Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum Presents 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program

WHAT: Anacostia Community Museum’s 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program featuring a talk by Nicole C. Lee, president of TransAfrica

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 14
6:40 p.m.: Media check-in
7–9 p.m.: Program

WHERE: Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
Baird Auditorium
10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W.
Use Constitution Avenue entrance.

WHO: Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
Camille Giraud Akeju, director, Anacostia Community Museum
Nicole C. Lee, president, TransAfrica
Sylvia Hill, professor of criminal justice, University of the District of Columbia, and TransAfrica board member

Human rights expert Nicole C. Lee will present a talk drawing parallels between Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Lee is the first female to lead TransAfrica, a human rights organization initially formed by the Congressional Black Caucus to advocate against apartheid in South Africa. At TransAfrica, Lee has informed and influenced U.S. policy toward Africa and the diaspora through strategic campaigns and initiatives and has led investigations and U.S. missions documenting human rights violations. Among her many recognitions, she has received the 2008 Running Start's Women to Watch Award and has appeared on national and international media.

Sylvia Hill will have a discussion with Lee after her remarks. The Lesole's Dance Project will perform, and a former student of the Anacostia Community Museum Academy Program will recite her original poem on Mandela.

This year's program complements the museum's current main gallery exhibition, "Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence" about South African women artists.

Media Only:
Marcia Baird Burris (202) 633-4876; (202) 320-1735 (cell)

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Note: Interested media should RSVP to the numbers above.