(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – On Thursday, May 5, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and his son, Carlos Gray, will present a ceremonial key to the city to popular R&B/neo-soul singer Raheem DeVaughn for his “tireless commitment to youth and HIV/AIDS awareness.” The ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m. on the front steps of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
DeVaughn, 35, who was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards for his hit single “Woman,” was born in Newark, N.J., but raised in Maryland counties (Montgomery and Prince George’s) adjacent to the District of Columbia. He broke into the music industry by working the District music circuit, performing with popular local groups and at venues along the U Street corridor.
Throughout his career, DeVaughn has participated in youth-oriented programs and been a strong advocate of students staying in school. He has also been heavily involved with HIV/AIDS awareness, which has been enhanced by his five-year partnership with the Centers for Disease Control.
Mayor Gray chose to recognize DeVaughn because of the singer’s concern for youth and HIV/AIDS awareness along with his immense popularity among young listeners, especially in the metropolitan Washington area. The day of the ceremony will also be DeVaugn’s birthday. He will be 36 years old.
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