AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 31 YEARS
When and where: North Side’s CCAC-Allegheny Campus, Foerster Students Service Center, Saturday night.
Stop the Violence Pittsburgh and CCAC presented Pittsburgh’s Black Honors, a History of Black Pittsburgh from 1755 to present, honoring distinguished African-Americans in the Pittsburgh community working to uplift and inspire. Presentations included Samuel E. Black, director of African-American programs at the Heinz History Center, who spoke on the abolitionist movement; Sean Gibson, president of the Josh Gibson Foundation, who talked about achievements in sports; and Sonya Toler, Pittsburgh public information officer who talked about black politicians.
Why celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in Pittsburgh? “Our history of civil rights is important and we must continue to tell those stories to the next generation and show appreciation to those that came before us,” said William Marshall, CEO of Stop the Violence Pittsburgh. “I want my legacy to be someone who continued to highlight the legacy of others, bringing unity back to our community.” Charlene Foggie-Barnett of the Teenie Harris archive, Carnegie Museum of Art: oral history coordinator and archive specialist added, “We appreciate and carry on the work of those who came before us. Pittsburgh is particularly lush in community crusaders, and it’s an honor to honor them.”
#QuotableMoments: Media personality Chris Moore: “The world today is a reminder that the more things change the more they stay the same, and everything is a struggle. We must continue to fight for positive change and not become complacent.” Nelson Harrison of the Pittsburgh Jazz Network on the importance of music and culture: “Jazz is the only art form considered a national treasure. This music is so powerful. More powerful than any gun, it has the power to change the human spirit. That is the blues, so chase your culture, find your roots.”
#SEEN: Quintin B. Bullock, president of CCAC, who said: “This event engages and informs our youth, hopefully motivating them to lead by the examples set before them.” Also #SEEN enjoying entertainment by Soul Raydio and the Sankofa drum ensemble: Mary Henderson as well as event co-hosts Aerion Abney and Ashley Johnson.