Lincoln Celebrates 150th Anniversary at D.C. Gala

President Ivory V. Nelson (second from left) and other University officials greet recording artist Jeffrey Osborne (third from left) shortly before his performance at the Washington, D.C. Gala on April 17. The others (L-R) are: Joseph C. Brown ’74, chair of the Washington, D.C. Gala Committee; Dr. Patricia A. Nelson, co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Commission; David E. Warr, Esquire, a University Trustee; and Frank C. Gihan ’72, chair of Lincoln’s Board of Trustees.

Jeffrey Osborne, noted for his memorable ballads, perfoms at the Washington, D.C. Gala.

Ambassador Horace G. Dawson, Jr., Ph.D., (left), a 1949 Lincoln graduate, addresses the audience at the Washington, D.C. Gala. Dr. Dawson, director of both the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center and the Patricia Roberts Harris Public Affairs Program at Howard University, fondly recalled his undergraduate days at Lincoln. He was one of the honorary chairs for the Gala Committee. From 1962 to 1989, Dr. Dawson, a former professor of English, was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, during which time he served as Cultural Affairs Officer or Public Affairs Officer in such countries as Uganda, Nigeria, Liberia and the Philippines. In 1979, United States President Jimmy Carter appointed him Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana, where he remained until 1983.

University Trustee Dr. Ernest C. Levister, Jr. '58, San Bernardino, Calif., enjoys the Washington, D.C. Gala with his cousin, Ruth May, of New York. He is the great-grandson and she is the great-granddaughter of one of Lincoln's original students, Thomas Amos.

Joseph C. Brown ’74, chair of the Washington, D.C. Gala Committee (above) welcomes alumni and other guests to the second of three Lincoln Sesquicenetennial anniversary celebations. The first gala was held on October 24, 2003 in the City of Philadelphia; New York City hosted the third gala on May 6, 2004.

President Ivory V. Nelson (left) and University Trustee Gregory C. Miller ’77 discuss Lincoln’s Sesquicentennial celebration at the Washington, D.C. Gala.

Lincoln University Trustees (L-R) Dwight S. Taylor ’68, Andrea L. Custis, and Warren R. Colbert, Sr. ’68 talk at Lincoln’s Gala at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Taylor srved on the Washington, D.C. Gala Committee.


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