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Over the weekend, we went to three elegant galas, starting Friday with a black-tie affair at the National Museum of African Art for its 50th anniversary.

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Bill Cosby was a featured guest, here with museum curator David Diskell. Bill's wearing a pin from when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.

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The museum began as a private educational institution in 1964. Originally located on Capitol Hill in a townhouse that had been the home of Frederick Douglass, it became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1979. Patron Joyce Page joins sponsor Evelyn Oputu, former ambassador of the African Development Bank Alice Dear and Women from Togo’s Dede Ahoefa Ekoue.

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We snapped Ascent founder Ella Edmondson Bell, Dartmouth College’s Clarence Smith, author Sharon Jones and Earth Friendly Products’ CEO Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks.

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Here, National Caucus and Center on Black Aging’s Karyne Jones, retired educator Ann Saunders, and TD&P Consulting’s Tom and Natisha Dawson.

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NeighborWorks’ Tosin Durotoye and DC Mayor’s office on African Affairs director Ngozi Nmezi in the museum’s atrium.