National Museum of African American History and Culture


Wright is the chairman emeritus of SENTEL Corp. and former chairman and CEO of Dimensions

International Inc. Wright was chairman of the Presidential Commission for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which led the effort that culminated in the 2003 Act of Congress establishing it as part of the Smithsonian Institution. He is a former trustee and vice chairman of the Morehouse School of Medicine and was a member of the Executive Leadership cabinet for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. He is director emeritus of Aflac. He has a degree in optometry from the College of Optometry at the Ohio State University. The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established by an Act of Congress in 2003 making it the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Scheduled for completion in 2016, the museum broke ground in February 2012 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It is being built on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. While construction is moving forward, the museum is producing publications, hosting public programs and assembling collections.

It is presenting exhibitions at other museums across the country and at its own gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. An array of interactive programs and educational resources is available on the museum’s website

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Northern Virginia Urban League


Two Photos of Northern Virginia Urban League

On February 12th, 2015, Mr. and Mrs. Ward led a Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network discussion on “The Language of Relationships.” The Young Professionals Network was founded in 1999 and fosters young professional development, positive social and civic involvement as a way to develop future leaders within the community. During their discussions at this event, General Ward and Mrs. Joyce Ward shared their story on how they have made it 40+ years and General Ward wrapped the discussion up with a reminder of how important it is to respect one another.

Amani Children’s Choir


Kip Ward with Amani Children's Choir

SENTEL President William “Kip” Ward visits with the Amani Children’s Choir from Uganda prior to delivering closing remarks at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Tribute Dinner honoring USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine at the Omni Shoreham in Washington DC, Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The tribute honors champions of U.S. development and diplomacy programs who have made a difference in sustaining America’s involvement in the world.

The performance by this group of 20 children from Uganda, who are aspiring leaders in their villages, was a special treat for the business, civic and government leaders attending the tribute. The students are on a 6 month visit to the United States in support of the care and education of Ugandan orphans. General Ward had previously heard the choir during one of his numerous visits to Uganda.