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By John McCann; 419-6601

DURHAM — So moved by the vibe resonating inside the Bull City’s featured performance hall, the founder of America’s biggest black-owned-and-operated broadcasting company suggested she had half a mind never even to return home to Washington, D.C.

The spirit of community Saturday evening at Durham Performing Arts Center gripped Radio One Inc. founder and chairwoman Cathy Hughes, in town for the 9th Annual Lamplighter Awards.

Presented by McDonald’s, The Light 103.9 FM and Assurance Wireless, the Lamplighter Awards honor area individuals and organizations for volunteer efforts and community service.

Among the winners putting some shine on Durham was Gwendolyn Wicker, who received a Lamplighter Award for her outreach to senior citizens. The Deacon Woodrow Morman Senior Center is her baby, a place where older folks can get a little exercise, do arts and crafts, stuff like that. She also visits shut-ins and hospital patients. Laura Nicholson nominated Wicker for the award.

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