‘Peace Ball’ Brings Stars and Activists to National Museum of African-American History & Culture

Nearly 3000 people attended the star-studded “Peace Ball” at the mecca of black culture — The African American Museum of History & Culture Thursday night.

The non-partisan event, hosted by Busboys and Poets‘ owner Andy Shallal, started back in 2009 and was created to recognize the social progress that’s been made over the past few years. Officially titled, “Voices of Hope and Resistance,” the event brought out activists, dignitaries, artists and individuals who share the common goal of looking past political differences and finding ways to come together in solidarity.

Angela Davis
Marian Wright Edelman
Marian Wright Edelman

The mood of the event was celebratory, yet motivational at the same time. The evening featured speeches and performances about activism from entertainers, journalists, activists, and politicians such as Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.); poet Sonia Sanchez, political commentators Melissa Harris-Perry, Amy Goodman, and Van Jones; actors Ashley Judd and our beloved Danny Glover; author Alice Walker; Alicia Garza, Founder of the Black Lives Matter movement; and the legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis.


The highlights of the evening included performances from Esperanza Spalding and Solange Knowles. Solange, who headlined the event, performed “anthems of resistance,” as appropriately titled by Angela Davis.

Sol Angel performed songs from her album “A Seat at the Table,” including “Rise,” “Weary,” “Mad,” “Don’t Touch My Hair,” and my favorite song on the album “Cranes in the Sky.”

Esperanza performed with the assistance of Afro Blue, Howard University’s premiere choir.

Still, what we loved to see at the ball was all of D.C. tastemakers come and show out. Here’s who we spotted, looking fabulous.

Me and one of my besties @drewins 😍😍😍 love her to pieces:) #peaceballdc #peaceball #NMAAHC #DC #DCCool

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Always a pleasure with this Queen. @iamashleighdemi #peaceball

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Fun times at #peaceballdc

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