The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History and Conference Center Present Christine Miller-Betts Virtual Retirement Celebration

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

This special event will be premiered on January 17, 2021 at 4:00pm on the Laney Museum’s YouTube Channel and Facebook pages.  The public is invited to join in celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Christine Miller-Betts. During her 26 years as the first Executive Director of the Museum, she shaped it into one of the South’s top Black History Museums.

 Joining from around the Nation:
Emcee – Television and Broadway Actor and Producer Jerome Preston Bates

Musical Tribute by Damien Sneed - multi-genre recording artist and instrumentalist, New York City

Musical Tribute by Javonne Jones - Electric Violinist, Augusta, Ga

Musical Tribute by Alexandra Thompson - Music Teacher, Augusta, GA

Special Guest Speakers:

  • Pat Knox – Very Close Friend & Museum Sponsor/Supporter with the KNOX Foundation

  • Linda Johnson – Executive Director, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

  • Zena Howard – award-winning architect, known for her achievements including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

  • Maryemma Graham – Professor, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

  • Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell - Augusta University, Director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History

  • Alysha Griffin - Doctoral Student in Theatre, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

  • Eric Montgomery - Executive Director, Historic Augusta, Augusta, GA

  • Kevin Grogan - Director & Curator, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA

  • Rosa Clemons – President, Delta House Inc. Board of Directors, Augusta, GA

  • Danita Myler – President, Augusta Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

  • Elizabeth Jones – President, Top Ladies of Distinction, Augusta, GA

  • Rev. Dr. Charles Goodman - Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Augusta, GA

  • Bettianne Hart - former Judge of the Superior Courts of the Augusta Judicial Circuit, retired Deputy District Attorney of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, Atlanta, GA

  • Laverne Gold - retired President/CEO of United Way of the CSRA, Augusta, GA

  • Reverend Canon Lewis P. Bohler, Jr. – Close Friend and Canon, Episcopal Church, Augusta, GA

  • Lew Myers - Director Business Development Perkins+Will Architects, Durham, North Carolina

  • Carol Miller – Christine Miller-Bett’s Daughter, Ellicot City, MD

  • Helen Hughes - Wife of the late Norman A. Hughes, Creator of Lucy Laney Museum Bust

  • Pat Cummings – Member, Delta House Inc., Augusta, GA

  • Christine Miller-Betts – Retired Executive Director of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History for 26 years.


The free, virtual event will be premiered on Facebook and You Tube, with watch parties celebrating across the nation. The page links will be posted on :  Facebook: and YouTube: