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The nation will be commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday honoring the civil rights icon and his legacy.
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Going forward in 2022, we must be cognizant of the fact that White racist “Christian” nationalism continues to be a cancer that must be removed from American society. . If one needs a brief but compelling set of historical reasons for doing so, then consider  the millions of lives lost during the Crusades when some sought to “cleanse the church;”  the millions of Indigenous People and Africans who lost their lives in the American “Christian” crucible of colonialism and chattel slavery; and  the unknown millions of Blacks who suffered, in excruciating ways, ever since 1776 because “God” was/is allegedly on the side of White racist “Christian” nationalists.
As founder, Chairman and CEO of the Black Political Empowerment Project I do not find it hyperbole to boldly state that the future of democracy is at stake in the United States of America. We are no longer the country that nations across the globe look to as model for freedom and democracy. Not that we ever fully lived up to those high and lofty goals, we have now, however hit a new low! Along with
wanting African Americans to VOTE in EACH and EVERY election, we also wanted our votes to COUNT, as well as we wanted the votes of Black and brown people to be fully counted across the landscape of America.
“The alarming images from last January’s siege on the U.S. Capitol will forever be burned in our memories and were the direct result of lies and rhetoric still being spewed by some who cannot accept the results of the 2020 election more than a year later, even after investigations found no fraud occurred,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “The fact is the 2020 election was safe, free, fair and secure. My legislation works to build on our progress to ensure every voice is heard and every vote is counted.”
Governor Tom Wolf announced his intention to name Leigh M. Chapman to serve as Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth. Chapman will replace Acting Secretary Veronica Degraffenreid, who will be elevated to serve in the Administration as a special advisor to the governor. “I am honored and excited to be returning to the Department of State to serve as Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Chapman said.
"B-PEP also requested a full review and
examination of all policies and procedures involving the use of tasers by Pittsburgh police officers. We were encouraged to learn tonight that the City’s Pittsburgh Bureau of Police did in fact empanel an
Internal Critical Incident Review Board (CIRB) to evaluate the officers’ actions and to gauge policy compliance. As we suspected,
there were procedural failures which contributed to the tragic death
of James Rogers..."
A new commitment to the future of diversity in orchestras was announced by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as its 14-year-old fellowship program for pre-professional musicians identifying as Black or African American will now be called the Paul J. Ross Fellowship, with transformative new funding secured for the program’s expansion and with substantive changes in the fellowship experience.
“Pennsylvanians who have paid their debt to society and are positively contributing to their communities deserve a chance to reestablish their lives without the burden of their criminal record following them,” said First Lady Wolf. “It is imperative that we empower women to seek clemency, expungement and record sealing through Clean Slate if they are eligible as these are the kinds of mechanisms that can truly give them a fresh start.”
The Heinz Endowments, in collaboration with the POISE Foundation, announces its selection of 16 cultural organizations that are the first grant recipients through the Pittsburgh’s Cultural Treasures program the Endowments launched this summer. The amount of the awards totals $5.4 million.
On November 22, 2021, the City of Pittsburgh dedicated a new $29. 3 million park as the Frankie Pace Park. The naming was in honor of Ms. Pace’s unwavering work as a community advocate for the Hill District as well as the larger City of Pittsburgh.
“Our mission is to prepare all male scholars for college success and career readiness, and as a catalyst to increase the presence of African-American men in the STEM pipeline. It works.” LIFE Male STEAM Academy, located in Wilkins Township’s 777 Penn Center Blvd, Suite 102, is a male academy focused on developing the “skills needed to succeed a male scholar” in the 21st century.
No rational Black person believes that a Black man would have been freed had he driven to a neighborhood and then used a weapon of mass destruction to kill Whites. Indeed, we know that, if a Black man had done so, then the “jury” that would have spoken might have been a lynch mob.
Johnson-Roberson, who earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from CMU's School of Computer Science in 2005, will have a chance to shape the next generation of robotics and roboticists when he returns to campus in January as the new director of the Robotics Institute.
The Steelers announced another donation to their Social Justice Fund for 2021, with players making donations and the team providing a matching commitment to help support community efforts.
The Mel Blount Youth Home will receive $10,000 after a donation from wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and a matching contribution from the team.
PNC Bank announces that Gina Coleman will lead the bank’s diversity and inclusion efforts as Chief Diversity Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2022. She succeeds Marsha Jones, who has successfully led PNC’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts for the past decade, and who is retiring.
As Chief Diversity Officer, Coleman will help to develop strategies and programs that allow PNC to build and sustain a talented, diverse workforce, and further a culture of inclusion at PNC.
Duquesne President Ken Gormley has named Crystal McCormick Ware as the University's first chief diversity officer and senior advisor to the president for diversity, equity and inclusion, effective Jan. 5, 2022. Ware has served as director of diversity and inclusion initiatives at the University of Pittsburgh Library System since 2004.
Tiffany Gary-Webb, associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh, oversees Black Equity Coalition’s data team featured in Kaiser Family Foundation story.
Touchstone Center for Crafts, JARI, Creator Square, and Bridgeway Capital team up to form the Alliance for Creative Rural Economies to support creative business growth and impact in Johnstown, PA and Cambria County.
Touchstone Center for Crafts, JARI, Creator Square, and Bridgeway Capital team up to
form the Alliance for Creative Rural Economies to support creative business growth and
impact in Johnstown, PA and Cambria County.
Opening on Sunday, January 30, 2022 and remaining on view through May 8 at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Stephen Towns: Declaration & Resistance features a body of newly created work by artist Stephen Towns. Organized by guest curator Kilolo Luckett in collaboration with Towns, the exhibition examines the American dream through the lives of Black Americans. Using labor as a backdrop, Towns highlights the role African Americans have played in the economy and explores the resilience, resistance, and endurance that have challenged the United States to truly embrace the tenets of its Declaration of Independence.
East Liberty Celebrates MLK Day highlights the life, legacy, and activism of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a day of family-friendly activities and performances, featuring BOOM Concepts, Women of Visions, Anita Levels, Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, The Alloy School, and PearlArts.
Stephanie Mills is a Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and Broadway star. Born in Brooklyn New York, she started singing at the age of three. At the age of nine, she starred in the Broadway musical “Maggie Flynn”.
With the holiday season upon us, Pittsburgh is primed to help visitors celebrate the season through boundless Only in Pittsburgh experiences, attractions, shops, restaurants and so much more that help set the region apart.
Niche, the leading platform connecting students and families with schools and colleges, has released its 2022 Best Schools rankings, and Shady Side Academy maintained its No. 1 ranking on its list of the Best Private K-12 Schools in the Pittsburgh Area.
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