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Ruby Dee Headlines the Black Academy of Arts & Letters Holiday Benefit


The Black Academy of Arts & Letters (TBAAL) kicked off the holiday season in grand style with a special benefit hosted by jazz artist Art Sherrod Jr. and his wife Georgia Noone-Sherrod at Gallery Serengeti in Capitol Heights, MD.


Special guests were celebrated actress Ruby Dee and actor Malik Yoba who encouraged the audience to support TBAAL in its upcoming national fundraising campaign.



The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, a non-profit organization, was founded by Curtis King in 1976 to promote and preserve the arts and letters of African, Caribbean, and African-Americans in the fine, literary, and performing arts



“The Academy is preparing to celebrate its 35th Anniversary next year,” said Dee. “Because Curtis King and TBAAL are committed to educate and support the arts, our culture won’t be buried alive. For that, I am grateful.”



“My efforts to support the TBAAL builds on the works of many minority celebrities over the years,” said Yoba. “TBAAL has a state of the art facility in Dallas that hosts plays, concerts and workshops in the effort to preserve our culture. It will take all of our help for it to remain a place where our community can continue to live and inspire. I, Malik Yoba remain committed to TBAAL.”


Founder and President King welcomed business leaders, community activists and philanthropists, who enjoyed African-inspired art from around the world and a live performance by Sherrod. For information about TBAAL visit www.tbaal.org

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