PNC Recognizes Black
History Month With Events In 17 Cities
- Events planned to
honor African-American history, culture-
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 1,
2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC)
will present 21 events in February in 17 cities to celebrate the
history of African-Americans, including local performances,
concerts, exhibits and employee activities.
Some of the highlights
include panel presentations by the Tuskegee Airmen, an exhibition
featuring 90 paintings, sculptures, photographs, costumes, books and
designs by a Tony Award winner and his wife and a discussion with
the man considered the "Father of 2G Communications."
In recognition of Black
History Month, PNC-sponsored programs and activities will be held
across many of the communities it serves, including Atlanta,
Baltimore, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit,
Indianapolis, Newark, N.J., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, St.
Louis, South Bend, Ind. and Washington, D.C.
"For PNC, diversity and
inclusion is a business imperative," said Marsha Jones, chief
diversity officer, PNC. "That's why we take pride in recognizing the
many achievements of African-Americans to our nation and to society
during Black History Month. Through these events, we hope to bring
individuals, families, business and civic leaders and PNC employees
together in celebration."
Highlights of upcoming PNC events
"America I Am"
exhibition – a salute to local African-American contributions,
with several activities planned at the Harvey B. Gantt Center in
"Geoffrey & Carmen:
A Memoir in Four Movements." An exhibition in Chicago featuring
dozens of paintings, sculptures, photographs, costumes, books
and designs of Tony Award winner Geoffrey Holder and his Black
History Month Lifetime Achievement Award-winning wife,
dancer/actress/choreographer Carmen DeLavallade.
A series of
information programs to support the "Women Hold Up Half the Sky"
exhibit honoring women from around the globe who have changed
their lives through education, economics and self-determination
at Cincinnati's National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Dr. James Johnson on the contributions of African-Americans to
North Carolina's economy, taking place in Raleigh.
"Of Ebony Embers"
explores the life and times of four African-Americans who helped
shape the Harlem Renaissance, scheduled at the University of
Baltimore's Vernon & Lucy Wright Theatre.
A panel discussion in
Washington, D.C. will share some of the untold stories and
hidden treasures about the pivotal events that marked the
nation's capital to coincide with the 150th
anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th
anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement and the March on
A "Greatest Stories
Never Told" event in Indianapolis featuring Jesse Russell,
considered the "Father of 2G Communications," an inventor and
one of the visionaries whose innovative perspectives profoundly
influenced the wireless communications industry.
"From Bach to the
Blues," a musical journey at various locations in Newark, N.J.,
throughout the month.
The legacy of Chuck
Cooper, the first African-American drafted into the NBA, will be
honored in Pittsburgh. A special Duquesne University basketball
game and luncheon will recognize members of the Pittsburgh
community for their contributions in leadership, diversity and
Two panel discussions
in Philadelphia featuring members of the Tuskegee Airmen.
PNC also sponsored
events in several other cities surrounding Martin Luther King Jr.
Day, including breakfasts honoring the civil rights leader, an
outreach to students and teachers in more than 800 Atlanta-area
schools and an awards luncheon in Erie, Pa., that featured Shirley Franklin, the first African-American mayor of
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