For Immediate Release

AAAM Announces Raheem DeVaughn as Closing Reception Artist for #AAAM2024 Conference in Baltimore, MD

Washington, D.C. — June 26, 2024 — The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is excited to announce that the renowned Raheem DeVaughn will be performing at the closing reception of the #AAAM2024 Conference in Baltimore, MD.  This highly anticipated event marks another significant milestone for AAAM, as it continues to bring together influential voices and vibrant performances that celebrate and empower the African American community.

Raheem DeVaughn, a masterful architect of soul music, has continuously ascended the ranks of artistic brilliance.  This four-time Grammy-nominated phenomenon is more than just a singer; he’s a platinum songwriter, a passionate health and human rights activist, and a luminary in the realm of R&B.  His unwavering commitment to his craft and his fans shines brightly in every soul-stirring melody he creates, offering a consistent stream of music that resonates deeply with a diverse audience.

As the founder of the LoveLife Foundation, DeVaughn demonstrates his deep-seated dedication to enhancing the physical, mental, and economic well-being of underserved communities of color. His advocacy extends beyond music, earning him prestigious recognitions such as the Biden Administration 2023 Presidential Volunteer Award and the Key to the City of Washington D.C. for his impactful work in HIV/AIDS awareness.

DeVaughn’s influence in the music industry is undeniable.  Crowned as the #1 independent artist on the radio in 2019, he has crafted a unique space for himself, especially among Black women aged 24-54, who find a voice in his melodies.  In 2024, he has spoken and performed at the White House, earned a Billboard Top 10 hit, and invested in a new digital platform.  His catalog of hits not only showcases his exceptional talent but also his dedication to delivering music that is both authentic and evocative.

“Raheem DeVaughn’s journey is not just about musical milestones; it’s a testament to his unwavering commitment to artistry, his community, and the power of soulful music,” said Vedet Coleman-Robinson, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Association of African American Museums. “The last time we were in Baltimore, MD for our conference was 2012, and we are thrilled to be back, this time with Dr. Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of the Library of Congress, and Raheem DeVaughn by our side.  We are honored to have Raheem as our closing reception artist and know without a shadow of a doubt that his performance will leave an indelible mark on our attendees.”

The #AAAM2024 Conference is set to be an unforgettable event, filled with insightful sessions, historic plenaries, dynamic networking opportunities, and now, an extraordinary musical performance by Raheem DeVaughn.  With less than 50 days to go and over 500 registrants already confirmed, the excitement about the conference that will highlight the legacy of the Civil Rights Act is building.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit AAAM2024 Conference Registration.

About The Association of African American Museums
The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is dedicated to supporting African and African American-focused museums, museum professionals, and institutions. AAAM strives to strengthen the museum network and advance the field through advocacy, professional development, and collaboration.

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