The National Park Foundation's African American Experience Fund's 2009 Gala "Celebrating a Tradition of Excellence"
NEW YORK-APRIL 15: The National Park Foundation's African American Experience Fund's 2009 Gala "Celebrating a Tradition of Excellence" was held on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at The Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Center, New York City, NY. The National Park Foundation's African American Experience Fund honored the life and legacy of historian, author, professor and environmentalist Dr. John Hope Franklin at its fifth annual fundraising gala, titled "Celebrating a Tradition of Excellence." Award winning journalist Gwen Ifill (See also: The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama by Gwen Ifill) served as Mistress of Ceremonies, and acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns, director of the upcoming film National Parks: America's Best Idea -- made possible with support from the National Park Foundation -- delivered a special tribute to Dr. Franklin. The gala commemorated the critical role of African-Americans in the rich heritage of the National Parks in America. The African American Experience Fund dedicated the evening to honor the significance of Dr. Franklin’s legacy. A graduate of Fisk University, Dr. Franklin received both his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Harvard University. His illustrious 60 year teaching career that began Fisk University took him to such prestigious institutions as Howard University, Brooklyn College, where he was the first person of color to chair a major department, the University of Chicago and Duke University where he was the James B. Duke Professor of History Emeritus. More than 250 philanthropic, corporate and individual supporters of AAEF were in attendance. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner and entertainment at the cherished New York venue. Proceeds from this event will support youth education programs at national parks and historic sites that preserve and celebrate African-American history and culture. For more information please visit the NPF website at www.nationalparks.org and the African Amercan Experience Fund at www.aaexperience.org PHOTO CREDIT: Copyright © 2009 Manhattan Society.com by Gregory Partanio | tel:718.614.7740 | e-mail: PrinceGregory@manhattansociety.com***Please note more photos and ID's coming shortly***Read More