Our offices were closed this weekend. Generally our office is open from 9-12pm most Saturdays. We attended the graduation of our Creative Director, Keturah M. Drake. At Couture she was responsible for our design concept for many of our high profile events and to say she was “Great” was an understatement.You See, Keturah is very talented, yet modest indeed. Not only did she graduate Drexel University in Fashion Design, she won nearly every award offered and received not 1 but 4 job offers from some MAJOR fashion designers. Although Keturah’s journey has ended here, she will still contribute our “Art, Music, Vibe” e-newsletter read by more than 25,000 subscribers. It was fantastic working with Keturah and we will miss her big hair and big spirit. From us to her, we wish her much success. You can see her award winning fashion designs in our Art, Music, Vibe summer e-newsletter which will be sent June 15, 2009.
Alas, our task is accomplished. “Truth is in the Capitol” as NCBW National Chair, Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. often says. On April 28, 2009, abolitionist and suffragette Sojourner Truth became the the first Black Woman memorialized in the United States Capitol. The initiative garnered national and international media attention. Who better to unveil the bust other than the first Black First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
After nearly a ten year effort, the National Congress of Black Women (NCBW) cited victory as their effort to have a Bill passed to have Sojourner Truth added to the United States Capitol was signed into Law. The event was an astounding success as A-Listers, Top Government officials and U.S. citizens witnessed the historical event. Most importantly the program was sponsored by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and NCBW. Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid and others.
An incredible special presentation of “Ain’t I a Woman,” by esteemed Actress Cicely Tyson and a musical performance by Lomax Spaulding Yolanda Adams and Dorinda Clarke Cole left the audience speechless. It was indeed a historical day. I was grateful to be a part of history.
Ivy K. Pendleton, Publicist
We would also like to give Kudos to our modest Vice President, Ivy K. Pendleton who performed all of the Marketing, Publicity and event production for the effort. JOB WELL DONE IVY!!!!! Kamaria Salau, Publicist at Couture managed the Sojourner Truth Donors Luncheon at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington DC. She was instrumental in working with VIPs such as Sheila Jackson Lee, Cathy Hughes, Cicely Tyson, Dorinda Clarke Cole, Diane Watson and many others. If you want to follow what Ivy K. Pendleton, Kamaria Salau and the rest of the Couture Agency Publicists are doing, you can follow us on our social networking sites: www.twitter.com/coutureagency and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-DC/Publicity-and-Marketing/135358565696?ref=nf
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