The news arrives slowly from Washington DC but when it does, it’s big!
Over last weekend, the amazing Speaker of the House (and preserver of our lives) Nancy Pelosi presented music industry legend Clive Davis with the Lincoln Medal at Ford’s Theater. Phylicia Rashad honored the great South Carolina congressman James E. Clyburn.
The presentation was part of a star studded night in which was attended by Senators John Hickenlooper, Edward Markey, Robert Portman, James Risch; The Honorable Susan E. Rice; Representatives Emanuel Cleaver II, James E. Clyburn, Debbie Dingell, Edward Markey, Ro Khanna and Michael R. Turner; The Honorable Elaine L. Chao; Ambassador Shaikh Salem Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
The Lincoln Medal, first bestowed in 1981 to Senator Milton R. Young, is an annual award given by the Ford’s Theatre Society to a person or persons who, through their body of work, accomplishments or personal attributes, exemplify the lasting legacy and mettle of character embodied by the most beloved president in our nation’s history, President Abraham Lincoln.
The evening had great musical performances, of course, by Deborah Cox, who saluted Clive with a medley of Whitney Houston songs including a “I Will Always Love You” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” Also on the bill, Tony winner Rashad performed “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” from “Oklahoma!”