Reginald F. Lewis Museum celebrates 15TH Anniversary

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you and your family. I just want to say that I know you are glad that the city and state are opening up again to the public step-by-step. Now in Stage 2, restaurants; parks; casinos; shopping centers; gyms; nail salons; barbershops; and malls are opening their doors to the public. Please don’t be a fool, COVID-19 is still out there. I am happy for the business owners but for us, we must be very careful. Keep your mask on, especially in places such as casinos; wear gloves. As much as we are anxious to get out there and be able to write about my music and entertainment again, I am in no hurry to hang out in a room full of people who refuse to wear a mask. But that’s me.

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is introducing a new “Oral History” Project that will chronicle the African American Experience in Maryland. The project will lift voices that will capture stories from iconic members of the Black community, new voices championing for change and those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Called “Voices Lifted,” the project will capture, transcribe and digitize 50-70 new oral histories from iconic African American leaders and members of the Maryland community. The Lewis museum also plans to collect the stories of recent figures involved in Maryland’s peaceful protests against police brutality, as well as those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which disproportionately affected the African American community.

Gathering the voices and memories of those who have participated in past events have been part of the Lewis Museum’s mission since it opened 15 years ago,” said Jackie Copeland, executive director of the Lewis Museum.These voices will be digitized to make them accessible to all.

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is Maryland’s largest museum dedicated to the state’s African American experience. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum engages visitors through its permanent and special exhibitions, community events and family programming.

Congratulations Reginald F. Lewis Museum! I, Rosa Pryor, aka “Rambling Rose” is proud to have been a part of this wonderful museum from the beginning when they placed my first book “African-American Entertainment in Baltimor.e” It was one of the first books placed on the shelves of their book store. The museum has a video of me talking about my books as an author of two history books and my history as the first Black female and successful Entertainment Booking Agent for local and national musicians for the past 60 years in the Baltimore Metropolitan area on a wide screen on the second floor of the museum. I have given many lectures, demonstrations and book signings at the Reginald Lewis and hope to continue. Congratulations Reginald F. Lewis Museum. I salute you!

Hopefully by now you have heard that Chef Dante Daniels and his wife Candes have opened a second location of Colin’s Seafood & Grill located at 1728 E. Northern Parkway for carry-out only. Inside dinning will be opened soon. Congratulations my friend!

Okay folks, I really have to go now. Just remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com and tell me what’s going on in the entertainment world. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

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Ray Gaskins, Baltimore’s own, internationally known saxophonist is in need of your prayers. He is in Arlington West Care Center, 3939 Penhurst Avenue. He had a major stroke. It was reported that he is unable to talk or move any part of his body except his head. It has been almost a year since it was reported that he was in hospice care with severe dementia. Hopefully his musician family and his fans will send cards and get well balloons or something to at least make him smile and to let him know you care.

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Former radio host of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” and disc jockey from Magic 95.9 FM Radio Station, recently suffered a stroke last month and at last report he is in rehabilitation.

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