assured her she would be welcome and she sure was glad to be there! When asked, she did acknowledge that she and Mrs. Johnson share a particular trait—never giving up and always being true to herself, no matter what.
Desiree Rogers, White House Social Secretary and best friend of Linda Johnson Rice, read a letter sent by President Obama to honor Mrs. Johnson.
Others in attendance: Oprah’s BFF Gayle King, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, EFF model Pat Cleveland, fashion designers b. Michael, Isabel Toledo and her artist husband Ruben Toledo (all three on the host committee) former EFF commentator Audrey Smaltz, actresses LaTanya Richardson and Lynn Whitfield, Studio Museum in Harlem head Thelma Golden, former Met curator and current curator of Museum of Art and Design, Lowery Sims, Vanity Fair’s Amy Fine Collins, Essence Editor in Chief Angela Burt Murray, Kathryn Chenault, filmmaker Crystal McCrary Anthony, former supermodel Veronica Webb, National Cares Mentoring Movement’s Susan L. Taylor, eBay style director Constance C.R. White, Wall Street Journal fashion veteran Teri Agins, Michelle Obama designer fave Thakoon, writer and socialite Susan Fales Hill, Ashford & Simpson, Black Enterprise’s Caroline Clarke Graves, Carib News’ fashion veteran Walter Greene, Amsterdam News’ fashion veteran Renee Minus White, and the list goes on.