Verizon Supports Cultural Diversity in Maryland With a Free Black History Month Open House at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

  Verizon Supports Cultural Diversity in Maryland With a Free Black History
               Month Open House at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Government and Community Leaders Join Day's Festivities

PR Newswire

BALTIMORE, Feb. 23, 2013

BALTIMORE, Feb. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Verizon today hosted a statewide
Black History Month celebration and open house with government and community
leaders at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History &
Culture.The event was free and open to the public.

During the open house, guests explored the museum, recognized community
innovators, and enjoyed a day full of educational activities and
entertainment. There was food, educational gifts for the first 200 children,
laptop door prizes and more.

Guests at this year's open house included Maryland Senator and President-Elect
of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Catherine Pugh; Maryland
Delegate and Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland Aisha N.
Braveboy; Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler; and Bishop Douglas I.
Miles, co-chair of Baltimore United in Leadership Development.The Baltimore
City College Choir also performed during a special recognition program at

"At Verizon, diversity is as much about good business practice as it is the
right thing to do," said Tabb Bishop, Verizon's vice president of government
affairs – Mid-Atlantic region."Verizon serves some of the country's most
diverse markets.So, diversity always has been a part of our culture and an
integral part of our business strategy.

"Our long-standing commitment is based on a culture of inclusiveness that
leverages the diversity of employees, customers, suppliers and community
partners," Bishop added."Black History Month is a great opportunity for us to
celebrate and honor those individuals who have made a significant contribution
and commitment in the past, and those who continue to make a difference

During the special program, Verizon recognized key Marylanders in the areas of
community service, education and healthcare.Recipients of the 2013 Verizon
Community Innovator Award included:

Anne Arundel

  oAlycia A. Marshall, Ph.D., interim chair of the mathematics department of
    Anne Arundel Community College


  oMichael E. Cryor, president of The Cryor Group
  oMarietta A. English, president of the Baltimore Teachers Union and
    American Federation of Teachers – Maryland
  oRev. Debra Hickman, M. Div., president and chief executive officer of
    Sisters Together and Reaching (STAR)
  oHarold Reid, executive director, Liberty Road Business Association


  oJoy Hill Whitaker, chief development officer of the Boys & Girls Club of
    Southern Maryland

Charles County

  oJoan Jones, president of Bel Alton High School Alumni Association
    Community Development Corporation

Montgomery County

  oTraviss A. Green, chief technology transition officer of Lockheed Martin
    Information Systems and Global Solutions

Prince George's County

  oEarle Gumbs, president of Marlow-Hillcrest Heights Civic Association
  oThurman D. Jones Jr., president of the Patriots Technology Training Center

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is
a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline
communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale
customers.Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network,
with more than 98 million retail connections nationwide.Verizon also provides
converged communications, information and entertainment services over
America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business
solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the
Fortune 500.A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues,
Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 183,400.For more information, visit

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