Memory Lane

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Sweetheart Salute Kick-Off event

February 26, 2015



Second Annual Benjamin Banneker Jazz & Poetry Fest

February 27, 2014



First Annual Benjamin Banneker Jazz and Poetry Fest! 2012

November 12, 2012

Event Banner

Freddie Dunn

Bar Area

Ballroom Signage

Peggy Seats & Tommy Davidson

Nubian Dancers

Nubian Dancers Founder, Malay Rucker Operabea

Nubian Dances

Nubian Drummer

Kavon Ward - Aaron Myers - Mtheto Chisala - Peggy Seats [l-r]

BZB Int'l CEO, Juanita Britton & Guest

Kavon Ward

Room View

Room View

Kavon Ward, Spoken Word Artist

Jazz Trumpeteer, Freddie Dunn & Jazz Singer Aaron Myers

Jazz Saxophonist Marshall Keys & Aaron Myers

Marshall Keys & Aaron Myers

Jazz Ensemble

Event Guest

Founder/CEO Peggy Seats

Room View

BZB Int'l CEO Juanita Britton

Tommy Davidson, Jazz Trumpeteer/Orchestra Leader, Thad Wilson & Ensemble Drummer

Freddie Dunn & Tommy Davidson

Tommy Davidson

Tommy & Ensemble

Marshal and Thad

Room View

Tasty Morsels

Eric Evans, VP 100 Black Men of DC- Marvin Dickerson, 100 Black Men of America, Archie Rich, Esq



Room View

David Youngblood, Esq

Tommy, Aaron Myers, Mtheto Chisala, Peggy Seats


Peggy & Tommy

Birthday Gift Preentation to Tommy w/Aaron Singing Happy Birthday to Tommy & Banneker

Ensemble Drummer

Birthday Presentation

Jazz Ensemble

Birthday Cake

Thad Wilson & Marshall Keys

Malaya,Tommy & Kavon

Tommy Eying Birthday Cake

Public Allies Volunteers w/Tommy

Event Guests w/Tommy

Group Shot

Cedric "JusMe" Hand, Tommy, Malaya

Group Shot

Juanita, Malaya & Tommy Cutting Cake

Cake Cutting

Tommy Clowning


Group Shot

Archie Rich & Guest w/Tommy

Tommy & Guest

Tommy & Guest

Lamont Carey, Guest Poet



The Charette for Banneker Memorial Prototype

October 26, 2006

Event Banner 

George Nock, Sculptor and His sculpture

Ivan Schwartz, Sculptor

Schwartz & Team w/his sculpture

Bobby Carlyle's Sculpture

Ed Dwight's Sculpture

Bobby Carlyle's Banneker as a Boy & as Adult

Bobby Carlyle's  Symbolic Centerpiece Sculpture

Tina Allen, Sculptor


Banneker Charette Group Shot

Naomi Monk, Juror & SW Civic Activist   

Charles Cassell, Juror, Renowned Architect

Peggy Seats, WIC Fdr./CEO, Simmie Knox, Legendary Portrait Artist

Naomi Monk & Alex Padro, WIC Board Member

Colleen Hawkins, Juror, DC Dept. of Transp. Plnr (l) and Brandon Fortune (r), Juror, Nat'l Portrait Gallery, Assoc. Dir., Painting & Sculpture


Group Shot of Charette Participants

William Lambert, Juror, Banneker Hist. Pk. Bd. of Directors, CEO and Janice Browder, Juror, IKG Institute Co-Founder


Bill Grimmette, Juror, Living History Actor

David Bowles, Juror, Architect of Banneker Hist. Museum

Group Shot

Peggy Seats

Simmie Knox   

Ivan Schwartz' Sculpture

Bobbie Carlyle, Sculptor

Naomi Monk

George Nock, Sculptor

Ivan Schwartz, Sculptor

Peggy Seats & Simmie Knox

Janice Browder

Charles Cassell 

Brandon Fortune

Bill Grimmette

William Lambert

Alex Padro

Tina Allen

Tina Allen, Simmie Knox & Peggy Seats




A Who's Who Salute to Dr. Dorothy Height

February 24, 2006

A Who's Who Salute Program Guide

Dr. Ron Walters, Political Pundit, Peggy Seats, WIC

Mr. Robert Stanton, Dir., Nat'l Park Service [Ret.] greeted by Event Guest

Dr. Height, Honoree, Dr. Joe Leonard, Exec. Dir., Nat'l Black Leadership Forum

Dr. Height Greets Children

Dr. Height and Dr. C. Payne Lucus, Founder/CEO AfriCare

Ms. Ayo Handy-Kendi, Founder/CEO AAHA; Dr. Marilyn Killingham,
Chairman [Ret.], People's Center Council

Dr. Ron Walters, Dr. C. Payne Lucus, Rev. Dr. Walter Fauntroy and Honoree, Dr. Dorothy Height

Ms. Ayo Handy-Kendi; Mr. Omokongo Dibinga Poet; and DC City Council Member Mr. Vincent Orange

Dr. Height and Ms. Seats

Dr. Height, Lt. Gov. Michael Steele [First A-A Lt. Gov.
State of MD]
and Ms. Seats

Ms. Traci Neale, WUSA9 TV Anchor and Dr. Height

Dr. Height and Ms. Vanilla Bean [Dr. Height's Milliner]

Ms. Ida Lewis-Polite, CEO Ida's Idea Boutique; Mr. Robert Polite; Mr. Vincent Orange

Ms. Traci Neale, Dr. Dorothy Height, Ms. Peggy Seats

Ron Holloway [Tenor Sax] Ensemble

Moor Hips Dance Ensemble

Moor Hips Dance Ensemble

Moor Hips Dance Ensemble

Moor Hips Dance Ensemble

Mr. Omonkongo Dibinga, Poet/Publisher

Dr. Height, Beautiful Children in Hats

Rev. Dr. Walter Fauntroy, First DC Congressman [1971-1991], Chair, AA Leadership Roundtable, Pastor, New Bethel Church

Ms. Peggy Seats, Founder/CEO Washington Interdependence Council

Dr. C. Payne Lucus, Founder/CEO, AfriCare

Moor Hips Dancers

Dr. Height, Ms. Linda Cropp, DC City Council , Chair

Dr. Gladys Gary Vaughn, Nat'l Pres., LINKS, Inc.

Dr. Ron Walters, Chair, Univ. of MD , Black Ldrship Institute, Political Pundit

Mr. Robert Stanton, First A-A Director, Nat'l Park Service

Mr. Rodney Slater, Esq., First A-A Dem. U.S. Sec'y of Transportation

Dr. Height and U.S. Postal Service Rep., Ms. Cheryl Turner

Mr. Stanton and Ms. Seats

Dr. E. Faye Williams, Nat'l Chair, Nat'l Congress of Black Women; Mr. Stanton, Mr. Slater, Esq., Ms. Seats and Dr. Brent Glass

Dr. Height and NCNW Members

Ms. Tata Vega, Internationally Renowned Singer of Color Purple Fame


Dr. Height and Lt. Gov. Michael Steele


Ms. Traci Neale, WUSA9 TV Anchor


Dr. Brent Glass, Director National Museum of American History

Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker, Mr. Stanley Nelson, filming event


Dr. E. Faye Williams and Ms. Seats presenting WIC Award to Dr. Height.




Friends of Dr. John Hope Franklin's 90th Birthday Celebration

April 15, 2005

Friends of Dr. John Hope Franklin's 90th Birthday Celebration Program

Welcoming Banner

Marshall Keys Jazz Ensemble

The Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Dr. Franklin

Dr. Franklin, Cong. Norton, John Franklin [son], Smithsonian Director

Living History Actor

Mr. Bill Grimmette

International Opera Diva, Ms. Brenda Jackson

Dr. Lerone Bennett, Dr. Franklin, Mr. John Franklin, Mr. Robert Stanton

Mr. Robert Stanton Former Director, Nat'l Park Srv.

Mr. Juan Williams, Host of America's Black Forum/NPR Radio MC, and Dr. Lerone Bennett, Renowned Historian, Keynote Speaker

Mr. Joe Leonard

Exec. Dir. Black Leadership Council Presents Proclamation

Ms. Rashida Jolley Songstress

Mr. Hari Jones, Exec. Dir. Blk Civil War Memorial

Dr. Lerone Bennett Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lerone Bennett

The Hon. Anthony Williams, DC Mayor, Presents Proclamation

Rev. Richard Adams, Chair ASALH Board of Dir., Dr. Franklin,
Ms. Sylvia Cyrus-Albritton, Exec. Dir, ASALH

Mr. James Early, Acting Dir. Anacostia Museum of A-A Hist.

Dr. Franklin with Orchids

Messrs. Bennett, Williams, Franklin, Grimmette

Seats Presents Award to Dr. Franklin w/John Franklin

The Hon. Frank Smith Fdr/CEO A-A Civil War Memorial

Legendary Historians Drs. Bennett and Franklin

Group Photo

Mr. Peter McCuster Univ. of Chicago

Ms. Brenda Jackson Dr. Franklin

Ms. Roscoe Dellums Dr. Franklin and Son

Mr. Larry Heyman Heyman Properties, Seats

Mr. Frank Smith, Ms. Gwen Marable, Banneker Descendent,
Mr. William Lambert, Friends of Banneker Park & Mus. Bd Chairman

Jamii Directed by Mr. David Constantine

Jamii African Performance Ensemble of Benin

Ms. Sendy Brown

Jazz Songstress

Dr. Franklin Blows out Candle on 90th Birthday Cake

A Toast to the Birthday King

Young Admirer Gets Hug From Dr. Franklin

Ms. Peggy Seats WIC Founder and CEO


The Birthday King



GSA Banneker Birthday Celebration

November 9, 2004

The Banneker Birthday Cake

Peggy Seats as Keynote Speaker

Dr. Patrick Wilson, Assoc. Dir., U.S. Food & Drug Adm. and Acting President
Banneker Institute of Math & Science

Mr. Stephen Perry GSA Administrator

DC Regional
GSA Director
Mr. Don Williams

WIC Founder/CEO,
Peggy Seats and GSA Administrator, Mr. Stephen Perry

Mr. Don Smith,
Blacks in Government [BIG] Banneker Chapter President

Regional GSA Director, Don Williams & Other Top GSA Officials



In Honor of the Honorable Dinner Event

September 23, 2003

In Honor of the Honorable Program

Banneker Descendent, Gwen Marable (left), Banneker Hist. Park & Museum Chairman, William Lambert (right) & Friends with WIC's Peggy Seats

Linda Cropp, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Peggy Seats, Emcee, Tommy Davidson and Co-Emcee, WUSA TV's Lesli Hope Foster

Peggy Seats and Tommy Davidson Actor/Comedian Event Emcee

DC Mayor's Mom, Mrs. Virginia Williams and Emcee Tommy Davidson

Former District of Columbia Delegate, and Civil Rights Legend, Rev. Walter Fauntroy,and Mayor Anthony Williams

Lesli Hope Foster and Tommy Davidson, Co-Emcees

DC City Council Chair Linda Cropp, DC Mayor Anthony Williams, and U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (l to r)

DC Mayor Anthony Williams Keynote Speaker

WUSA TV9's Lesli Hope Foster

Linda Cropp, DC City Council Chair

Principal Honoree, DC Congresswoman, Eleanor Holmes Norton

Actor/Comedian Tommy Davidson, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and WUSA TV9's Lesli Hope Foster

District Cable Producer, Ferman Patterson

U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes, Maryland (D) Event Co-Chair & Guest Speaker

Col. Ezra Cummings WIC Board Chairman Recipient of WIC Lifetime Service Award, with Emcees Lesli Hope Foster and Tommy Davidson


National Museum of African-American Art
Banneker Ambassador Society Event

March 20, 2003

Bill Grimette Portrays Benjamin Banneker

Bill Grimette Engages Banneker Ambassador Society Audience

Bill Grimette Educates Banneker Ambassador Society Audience

Bill Grimette and Charles Cerami Together Recreate the Life of Benjamin Banneker

Noted Benjamin Banneker Biographer Charles Cerami

Bill Grimette Embodies Benjamin Banneker

Banneker Ambassador Society Audience Listens as Grimmette Reenacts History

Bill Grimette Chats With U.S. Park Service Special Assistant Vincent DeForest

WIC Founder, Peggy Seats, Talks With Former WIC Intern, Morehouse Student Otis Ware, and His Mom

Dale Mott

Deputy Director, National Museum of African Art

Bill Grimmette as Banneker on His Striking Clock

Alex Padro, WIC Board of Directors

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