If you have lived for any period of time in the DMV area, you’ve probably heard the name Bonita V. White. She’s a member and also business manager for Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music. She’s also an author, producer, arts advocate and has been a champion of all things gospel for more than 30 years. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, White was among those honored during “Melody of Art,” the pre-caucus reception and season kick-off for the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA).
CAAPA was founded in 2003 by Terri Allen, Pamela T. Simonson and Victor Simonson. Allen and her husband, Dale hosted the event at Joplin 360 restaurant in Fort Washington, MD.
It was a fitting tribute for White who is also known for being quite the expert when it comes to Black History and DC’s African American History. She has crafted her own oral and written tradition to keep the achievements of those who have gone before alive in hearts and minds. White is also the first to encourage her Facebook friends to see African American movies on opening weekend to boost the box office and contribute to the movie’s success.
WHUR’s Jaquie Gales Webb presented the award to White and also called Patrick Lundy to the stage and he paid tribute to his dear friend. During White’s speech she recalled how her mother encouraged her singing at the tender age of 5 and she has been on the path ever since. She also took time to thank her friends and family who came out to support her. Lastly, as any business manager would, she reminded everyone that Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music was releasing their latest recording, “Majesty” on Sept. 25 and will celebrate their 20th anniversary in November.
Congresswoman Donna Edwards was on hand for the festivities. The other honorees were Marco Merrick, Ivy Meadows and Lester Green who was named CAAPA’s artistic director. CAAPA Board Member and Washington Life Magazine’s Patrick D. McCoy presented Merrick with his award.
Spotted in the audience were Pastor Jerome Bell, Jimmy Russell and his wife Toni.
CAAPA places emphasis on arts performance, arts education and arts outreach. To learn more, visit www.4caapa.org
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