Angela Alsobrooks’ Women’s Luncheon Elevates Campaign Energy
“When it was suggested that we host a 1,000 women luncheon, I let people know that it sounded great but I only had one problem: do I know 1,000 people who will come to a lunch,” Angela Alsobrooks mused at the start of her April 11 speech at Martin’s Crosswinds. “I’m a servant, not a celebrity.”
But for the 1,200 in attendance, Alsobrooks may be a little of both [click here for photos].
Just before she took the stage, upon walking into the main hall bursting with the vibrancy of a family reunion and a women’s empowerment conference, there was a noticeable and very mobile crowd of people, photographers, handlers and social and cultural VIPs. At the center at this massive beehive of activity was Ms. Alsobrooks, moving from table to table to thank and connect with her guests. When she moved, the harried paparazzi moved with her.
The program included remarks from a number of the region’s leaders and bright stars including Wanda Durant (NBA star Kevin Durant’s mother), Councilwoman Mary Lehman, State Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk and Senator Joanne C. Benson. Peña-Melnyk called on the candidate to remember her dedication to the voiceless specifically by recalling the pain of women suffering through domestic violence. Lehman drew attention to the need to go beyond ego-based politics in Prince George’s while Durant keyed in on a simple message as she looked at the candidate seated in front based upon brief meetings with Alsobrooks: ‘You’re going to win. And you’re going to do well.’
Youth Poet Laureate Michaela Lacy, 18, delivered a smashing poem in honor of the state's attorney.
But it was the Alsobrooks speech that brought the substance to the star moment atmosphere [For full video of speech, click and scroll here].
Standing in a black tuxedo-styled suit with a stylish glittering black bow, Alsobrooks took her listeners through time and history [click and scroll], evoking the visionary power of women who knew they were greater than their oppressive surroundings. She quoted Eleanor Roosevelt: “A woman is like a teabag – you won’t notice how strong she is until she is in hot water!” She channeled Harriet Tubman: “If you hear the dogs barking, keep going! If you hear the voices after you, keep going! If you want a taste of freedom, keep going!”
It was no surprise that Ms. Alsobrooks turned to her own history and the story of how the women within her own family maintained a vision beyond the circumstance of their surroundings.
Alsobrooks then turned to the issues she felt strongly about: an obligation to the education and safety of county school children, a commitment to elderly residents and a priority to protect county residents and homeowners among others.