The AARP-sponsored event will honor local faith leaders and Black Baltimore historical institutions 

In celebration of Juneteenth, the AFRO is honored to host “We’ve Come This Far By Faith”, a breakfast recognizing faith leaders throughout Baltimore’s African-American community.

As the oldest Black-owned business in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, the AFRO plays a central role in the area’s Juneteenth celebration. As leaders in the Black community, the AFRO wishes to celebrate the faith leaders who guide us on our journey to freedom. 

Honorees include Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn (posthumously), Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Bishop Clifford Johnson, Bishop Vashti McKenzie, and Dr. Leah E. White. Additionally, Bishop McKenzie and Dr. Benjamin Chavis will serve as featured speakers for the event. Historical institutions honored will include the NAACP – Baltimore Chapter, the Urban League – Baltimore Chapter, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), and the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA).

“The AFRO truly believes that we’ve come this far by faith, yet we still have a long way to go,” said Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, CEO & publisher of The AFRO. “Juneteenth is meant to be a celebratory occasion, and we are excited to applaud a few of  the faith leaders, the civil rights organizations and the Black press that continue to guide us every day.”  

Lenora Howze, executive director for the AFRO, noted the company’s appreciation for AARP’s sponsorship of the event. 

“We are grateful for AARP’s support as our generous sponsor, and for their recognition of Juneteenth’s role in not just the Black community, but the entire American community,” said Howze.

Dr. Draper added, “Juneteenth is central to our community’s history, and we are thrilled that it is now a national holiday that is being celebrated by the entire country.”

The event will be held at The Pavilion in Baltimore, Md., beginning at 9 am. 

Individual tickets can be purchased for $65, via

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About the AFRO

The AFRO is the oldest Black-owned business in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and the 3rd-oldest in the United States. For over 130 years, the AFRO has offered a platform for images and stories that advance the Black community, fulfilling the vision of John H. Murphy, Sr., a former enslaved man who founded the publication with his wife, Martha Howard Murphy. Today, through the leadership of Murphy’s great-granddaughter, Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, the AFRO remains the Black Media Authority, providing readers with good news about the Black community not otherwise found.

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