ARTIST - RORY D.L. MOORER
In celebration of Black History Month, the State of Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission held its annual art exhibit. The featured artist was Rory D.L. Moorer. A Connecticut native & internationally known artist, Mr. Moorer is a professional Award-winning Illustrator / Graphic Artist who turned to painting in 2000.
He has created over 100 original paintings and murals for commissions and multiple public and private organizations. Over the past decade many of Mr. Moorer's original paintings have been featured in national magazines and online news media. He has participated in dozens of juried and group exhibitions throughout the United States. He is currently represented by multiple galleries throughout North America. His style has been described by one critic as multi-faceted, a mixture of seriousness and offbeat humor that is also expressive in the study of movement and human emotions.
Mr. Moorer has donated original works to raise money for various institutions and charitable causes. He is the former owner of the Gallore Art Gallery in Middletown, CT.
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The African-American Affairs Commission, the Amistad Committee, State of Connecticut Freedom Trail Committee and the Office of the Secretary of State commemorated the150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at the State Capitol on New Year's Day. The program included performances by the Mass Choir under the direction of Minister Wayne Dixon, the Sankofa Kuumba Drum Ensemble, Invocation by Pastor Kenric Prescott, a keynote address by State Senator Toni Harp, remarks by Connecticut Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Wyman and poems written by Connecticut students: Kaitlyn Bell - Harwinton Consolidated School, Chloe Thompson - Brown Middle School - Madison, Lauren Fadiman - Shelton Intermediate School and Kassidi Jones - Loomis Chaffee School. Glenn Cassis, Executive Director of the African-American Affairs Commission led the litany responsive reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. The event concluded with Aniya Cassis (granddaughter) ringing of the replica of the Liberty Bell in the Capitol's South Lobby.
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FOUR MORE YEARS !
President Barack Obama handily defeated Governor Mitt Romney and won himself a second term. In a sweeping victory speech, President Obama thanked every American who voted, and vowed to work with leaders from both parties to tackle the country's challenges.
State of Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission's
13th Annual Classic Awards Gala
Dr. Michael Sharpe, Mrs. Ruth Brooks, Danielle Thorne,
Genice Nelson, Jameik Heron and Herman Todd
AAAC presented the following awards:
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Youth of the Year - Danielle Thorne
Youth of the Year - Jameik Heron
Woman of the Year - Genice T. Nelson
Man of the Year - Dr. Michael M. Sharpe
Lifetime Achievement - Alton F. Brooks
Business & Economic Development - The Living Word Imprints - Herman Todd
Nigerian National Assembly Service Commission, (NASC)
visits the State of Connecticut
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