NitePics: Inside the 9th Annual Power of a Dream Gala

The U.S. Dream Academy held their ninth annual gala Wednesday, honoring Angela Bassett, Dan Rather, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Judge Joe Brown and Bernice King, among others. The Academy holds after-school programs for underprivileged youth most at-risk of being jailed in the future.

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The U.S. Dream Academy held their annual gala Wednesday, honoring Angela Bassett (l), Dan Rather (r), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Judge Joe Brown and Bernice King, among others.
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Comedian Chris Tucker who hosted the evening had trouble introducing his mother and honoree Mary Bryant Tucker telling the crowd, "I've been drinking. I'm sorry!"
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U.S. Dream Academy's executive director C. Diane Wallace Booker with honoree Dan Rather. The Academy holds after-school programs for underprivileged youth most at-risk of being jailed in the future.
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Honoree Judge Joe Brown and his wife pose on the red carpet with C. Diane Wallace Booker and honoree Dan Rather
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Honoree Bernice King reflected on her father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during her acceptance speech saying, "I was one of the four little children my dad talked about during his infamous speech."
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Gala host and ABC 7 anchor Cynne Simpson
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Dan Rather was honored for his longstanding contributions to journalism.
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Charles "Roc" Dutton gave an inspiring and heart-warming keynote address where he talked about being once incarcerated but was giving a second chance through acting. "If I didn't follow through with acting all the way to the end, I would been in and out of prison for the rest of my life," Dutton said.
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Lou Gossett Jr. served as one of the gala's co-chairs.
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Honoree Roger Bozarth, CEO and President of The Insurance Advantage, with his wife.
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Honoree Angela Bassett looked flawless in a leopard-print dress.
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Hosts Cynne Simpson and Chris Tucker
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Despite losing her mother earlier this week, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee showed up to the U.S. Dream Academy Gala to accept the Legacy Award.
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Former Washington Redskin Lavar Arrington smiles with a guest during the gala.
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President of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Elsie L. Scott smiles during the gala.
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