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Botswana Ambassador Sereste Spoke At The Tourism Symposium In Baltimore
Lou Fields

When Reginald F. Lewis was growing up playing football in east Baltimore, could he have imagined that not far from his childhood playgrounds, a multi-million dollar state of the art museum would rise bearing his name? Could he have imagined that thirty days before his seventy-second birthday, an African ambassador would serve as the keynote speaker in the same building bearing his name?

The Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture has been opened for just nine years. Doing that period of time, hundreds of dignities, luminaries, politicians, stars, museum-goers and comedians, including Chris Tucker, who was inside the museum cafĂ© a few days earlier prior to the Ambassador's arrival.   

Ambassador Tebelelo Mazile Seretse and members of her staff arrived at the Lewis Museum on Friday morning November 7, 2014 to serve as the keynote speaker for the Charm City Cultural Heritage Tourism Symposium.  Ambassador Sereste joined Dr . Skip Saunders (director-Lewis Museum), Dr. Joanne Martin (director Great Blacks in Wax Museum), Dr. Ernest P. Boger (UMES), Neal "Mr. Harlem" Shoemaker and others. Host Lou Fields, director of the Baltimore African American Tourism Council convened the symposium to discuss the state of Black tourism within the City of Baltimore.

Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes presented the Ambassador with a warm welcome and an official citation of behalf of the City of Baltimore.