By AFRO Staff

On the evening of Jan. 18 Governor Wes Moore welcomed more than 10, 000 supporters from around the country to help him celebrate in his new role. 

The governor spoke to the crowd, danced with his family and made his way to festivities happening on multiple levels of the Baltimore Convention Center, located on the same Pratt Street where slaves were once marched to Fells Point for transport. 

Grammy-award winning artist Maxwell crooned the crowd on one floor while Baltimore’s own Dru Hill got the crowd moving in an upstairs ballroom. Members of the Divine Nine were seen repping their organizations, while HBCU grads proudly “swagged” and “surfed” into a truly historic night. Chris Tucker got the crowd laughing and Indian dancers graced the stage in full traditional dress, a nod to the newly sworn-in Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller’s heritage. 

Governor Wes Moore’s inaugural celebration– the People’s Ball– was truly a spectacular affair, as Maryland’s First and Second Families made the night a perfect blend of culture and class. 

Photos by Stephen Hopkins and James Fields

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