Recap: Judy Smith Honored at ‘The Humanity of Connection’ Event Inside NMAAHC

In honor of Black History Month,  AT&T invited more than 500 people to its “Humanity of Connection” event, honoring political strategist Judy Smith, inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture (1400 Constitution Avenue NW).

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Before the program, which was hosted by actor Hill Harper and MC Lyte, D.C.’s politicos and socialities mixed and mingled at a cocktail reception. It featured Isiah Thomas’ Cheurlin champagne, a macaroni and cheese bar and a doughnut station.

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Along with honoring JudySmith, who was the inspiration behind Scandal’s Olivia Pope, the event honored NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas. Al Sharpton and poet Cleo Wade were among those to give remarks to the audience, who were also treated to a short film from Keith Clinkscales.

The Fab Empire spotted many of our favorites at the event, including Andre Wells, Jawn Murray, Nicole Veneble, Jamishia Smith, and Desiree Barnes. Also spotted were Jesse Jackson, Rep. Joe Kennedy and Lynda Johnson Robb.

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