History makers celebrate 35 years of the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Sure, award wining filmmaker Spike Lee came to the Marriott Philadelphia Hotel with the 35th anniversary of the African American Museum in Philadelphia in mind. But more importantly, he honored the valuable role the museum plays in the present and future of this nation.

Cultural history preserved in museums is inspirational. After all, the museums where Lee's mother “dragged” him “kicking and screaming” planted seeds reflected in his critically acclaimed and innovative filmmaking. Though no one's been seen kicking and screaming in AAMP, visiting youth do walk away equally inspired with new knowledge.

Three history makers, living in Philadelphia, offered further kudos and shared personal tidbits to a beautifully attired audience. In excess of 300 people enjoyed the 35th anniversary gala. Here was a celebrity-clad fundraiser, as are most nonprofit galas.