Wax Figure Of Joy Bramble As A Woman In The Media Unveiled
4/5/2019, 6 a.m.
Another pioneering trailblazer has just been added to the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum (NGBW) located on E. North Ave. in Baltimore. That wax figure is that of Baltimore Times Publisher Joy Bramble. Prior to its installation this week in the museum, the breathtaking likeness was unveiled during an Official Unveiling ceremony held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at The State House in Annapolis, MD.
“People are calling from all over the world,” said Bramble. “It was a very humbling experience.”
Several noted dignitaries which included Maryland Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne A. Jones, members of the business community, and Bramble’s family and friends, were in attendance. The event was also attended by current and past employees of the paper.
“Everyone is talking about fabulous the event was,” said Bramble, who is a native of the Caribbean island of Montserrat. “The wax figure has captured the very essence of our family. I am grateful to the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. I never imagined myself being important enough to be in the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. It’s a crowning accomplishment.”
Bramble’s Baltimore Times Newspaper Group began with a simple, yet extraordinary goal: counter the negative images often portrayed of African Americans in the media by highlighting and celebrating the positive contributions made by blacks to their community, their workplace, their churches and in their families.
The Baltimore Times publication was birthed on the kitchen table of Bramble, and her husband, The Rev. Peter Bramble, in November 1986. The Brambles began printing “positive stories about positive people” and watched their company grow from a one-computer operation in their kitchen, to one of the largest circulated African American publications on the East Coast.
“I thank my husband, and all the people of Baltimore who helped me to do this,” said Bramble. “They understood my desire to give a better picture of Baltimore. The event was unbelievable.”
Bramble’s accomplishments were highlighted in a skit, entitled “Not Good, But Greater.” The skit was written by this reporter, and was performed during the occasion. Directed by Dr. Gregory Branch, the skit featured the gospel trio ‘Serenity’, and chronicled how Bramble proved her naysayers wrong time and time again.
“The skit was amazing,” said Bramble. “People can’t stop talking about it.”
In addition to the unveiling of the wax figure and the skit presentation, the event also featured entertainment by Joystar, and vocalist Imani Wj Wright accompanied by guitarist Muammar Muhammad. The historic occasion also featured lunch, which was catered by Agape House.
The event was a collaborative effort, which included Bramble’s Family, NGBW, and Baltimore Times Business Manager Dena Wane.
Bramble’s son David was among those who spoke during the event.
“What is so amazing about The Baltimore Times is that it was literally started with nothing,” said the younger Bramble. “Not just no money, but no experience, no special relationships, no rich uncle to back you up when there was trouble, no parents to provide money, no friends with great advice - just a bold idea, self-confidence and an unbelievable worth ethic that carries with my mother till this day.”