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The night before Valentine’s Day, at DC’s beloved African American Museum, the likes of Al Sharpton, Hill Harper, MC Lyte, Jesse Jackson, and fiery CNN correspondent Ana Navarro attended The Humanity of Connection.

The event honored the real “Olivia Pope” Judy Smith and NBA Hall of Famer, Isiah Thomas.

Sponsored by AT&T a film from Keith Clinkscales which had the same title as the event premiered. The film focused on inventor and engineer Lewis Howard Latimer. Latimer was the draftsmen of the telephone and inventor of the filament for the light bulb.

“We are here to celebrate the Humanity of Connection,” said MC Lyte during the awards ceremony portion of the night. “The history-makers, game-changers, and ground-shakers who have and continue to change the world and our communities.”

“Everything about this evening’s event is intended to celebrate Black History…including the venue, the organizers and the small businesses that helped put this evening’s celebration together,” said the night’s MC Hill Harper.

Photos Inside the African American Museum

(Left) AT&T executive Tanya Lombard
CNN political commentator Ana Navarro
Hill Harper and MC Lyte

Photos by Tony Powell