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Gladys Knight performs at Mayor’s Masked Ball in Atlanta

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Legendary singer and Atlanta native Gladys Knight, aka the Empress of Soul, lent her voice to celebrate the honorees at 30th Anniversary of the UNCF’s Mayor’s Masked Ball held at Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was joined by Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), to host the 30th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball. This marked Mayor Reed’s fourth UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball, an event which benefits UNCF and its 37 member colleges and universities.

The 2013 list of distinguished honorees included Knight herself, Geri Thomas, Georgia State President of Bank of America; and James Patterson, conductor of Clark Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra.

(Photos by Robin Lori for Steed Media Service)