From: William Marshall, CEO & Founder, Stop the Violence-Pittsburgh (724-205-9376)
We are please to inform You that on Monday Feb. 1st, Stop the Violence-Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Heinz History Center, will host a Press Conference at 1pm to outline programming set for 2016, and specifically the 2016 Black Honors Symposium & Gala to be held during Black History Month. On Monday Feb. 1st, Mayor Bill Peduto will issue an event Proclamation and State Rep. Ed Gainey and State Rep Jake Wheatley will issue Citations for Pittsburgh's 2016 Youth Advocacy Organizations*.
Pittsburgh's Black Honor Gala is one of the many events that will be held in conjunction with the City's Bicentennial Programming. This Symposium is one of the marquee events which recognizes African American achievement within the City and Allegheny County since 1755 to present (see attached Endorsement Letters).
PITTSBURGH'S BLACK HONORS SYMPOSIUM & GALA
On Thursday Feb. 25th, 2016, Pittsburgh's Black Honors Event will be held at Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., starting at 7pm, bringing attention to the many contributions made by Pittsburgh's African American community since 1755 to the present in the areas of Education (Helen S. Faison, John Peck, Charles Avery and others), Religion (Rev. Lewis Woodson, Rev. Henry Highland Garnet and others), Sports (Josh Gibson , Maurice Lucas and others) , Politics (Lemuel Googins, K. LeRoy Irvis and others), Economics (Cumberland Willis Posey Sr., John Vashon and others) and Entertainment (Phyllis Hyman, Errol Garner, August Wilson and others).
Presenters at this Gala will be: Professor Laurence Glasco (Univ. of Pitt), Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Jackson (AME Church), Dr. Nelson Harrison (Pgh Jazz Network), Music Historian Colter Harper (Duq. Univ.), Dr. Ralph Proctor (CCAC), Doris Carson Williams (AACCWP), Heinz History Director Samuel W. Black, African-American Historian John L. Ford, Reporter Andrew Stockey (WTAE), Rev. J.E. Gamble, Reporter Bill O'Neal (New Pittsburgh Courier), Dr. James Johnson (AAMI). Reporter Lynne Hayes Freeland (KDKA), Homer S. Brown Association, Mayor Bill Peduto, Dr. Regina Holley (Pgh School Board President), State Rep. Ed. Gainey, State Rep. Brandon Flood of Pa. Black Leg. Caucus, State Rep. Jake Wheatley, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Shawn Hicks (AACCWP).
Pittsburgh's 2016 Legacy Leaders and Honorees include: Alma Speed Fox, retired-Judge J. Warren Watson, Mark Brentley, Rodger Humphreys, Rev. Victor J. Grigsby, Prof. Ralph Proctor, Valerie McDonalds-Roberts and Bishop Loran Mann.
Entertainers for the Event include: Afro American Music Institute's Boys Choir, Travis Malloy, Jordan Welch & Yahweh RYSE, Shailen Abrams & Soul Raydio, AAMI Jazz Group, Teresa Hawthorne and Others.
Sponsors of the Event include: POISE Foundation, University of Pittsburgh, CRICKET Wireless-Smithfield, Rice Enterprises, LLC and McDonalds, RIVERS Casino, Pittsburgh Class Center, CMOA-Teenie Harris Collection and Pgh PIRATES.
To become a sponsor or supporter of the event, or for more info: Bmarshallproductions@yahoo.com.
For Media Attendance Please Contact: Ned Schano of Heinz History Center (412) 454-6000
Afro American Music Institute Gwen's Girls 1Hood Media Academy
7131 Hamilton Ave., 711 W. Commons St., 607 E. Ohio St.,
Pittsburgh, Pa 15208 Pgh., Pa. 15212 Pgh., Pa. 15212
Hip Hop On Lock Heritage Community Initiatives Yahweh RYSE
124 S. Highland Ave., 820 Braddock Ave., Box 634
Pgh., Pa. 15206 Braddock, Pa. 15104 Monroeville, Pa. 15146
Strong Women, Strong Girls MAD DADS The Center that C.A.R.E.S.
1501 Centre Ave., 1342 Traymore Ave., 2701 Centre Ave.,
Pgh., Pa. 15219 Wilkinsburg, Pa. 15221 Pgh., Pa. 15219
Best of the Batch Foundation Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
Clubhouse Corner Black Male Leadership Inst.,
2000 West Street 610 Wood Street
Munhall, PA 15120 Pgh., Pa. 15222
Dr. Carter G. Woodson Academy
The Kingsley Association
Pgh., Pa. 15208