BMe Community is a “national network of inspired black men and thousands of other community-builders,of all races and genders who connect to share, inspire, and empower communities.” Each year, BMe presents their leadership awards to 30-50 inspired everyday adult Black men–fathers, coaches, students, businessmen, etc.–who have shown that they are deeply committed to the well-being of others. Then, they help them in their efforts by giving them funding, networking opportunities, and by sharing their stories with others.
This year’s Black History Month had the theme of “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture” celebrating the achievements of African Americans in the last 100 years. But what do we know about the disparities among the races today here in Pittsburgh? Last month the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work Center on Race and Social Problems released a report titled “Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities.” It provided indicators of quality of life by race and ethnicity for the Pittsburgh area and the nation among Whites, Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics and was funded by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, with additional support from Pitt’s School of Social Work.
PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 18, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Allegheny County has named the committee to oversee local implementation of President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which is seeking ways to provide more opportunities to boys and young men of color.
Neighborhood Allies is a community development intermediary which seeks to best serve low/moderate income people in transitional and distressed communities that have been left behind by following best practices to support and create sustainable neighborhoods. They invest in neighborhood innovation and leadership, partner with allies, and connect residents to valued and vetted resources.
PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 20, 2015) — Transformational plans for the redevelopment of the Hill District will go ahead under the leadership and cooperation of local elected officials, the Hill District community and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
On MLK Day, Mayor Participates with Pittsburgh Children to Promote Peace and Understanding Through the Arts
PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 19, 2015) Mayor William Peduto’s schedule today focuses on honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, along with Pittsburgh children citywide.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed this year on Monday, January 19. The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development within the University’s Office of Student Affairs is holding a series of events from Friday, January 16 to Friday, January 23 to mark the occasion and the legacy of this remarkable man who had a vision of a “Beloved Community.”
Tomorrow, January 9th, is national Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. A day set aside to thank those who have sworn to serve and protect us all from harm. Here in Pittsburgh, we are extremely fortunate to have a new visionary Police Chief, Cameron McLay, who has taken a lead in making sure that all members of our Pittsburgh community feel they share in the promise of that oath.
August Wilson’s boyhood home has been in the news. It had fallen into disrepair over the years but it will be getting a new life as a community arts space including “work and gallery space for artists, living space for a visiting artist and incorporating neighboring vacant lots to host outside events and parking spaces.” August Wilson’s ten-play cycle is celebrated worldwide and won two Pulitzer prizes for best drama–the plays focus on the lives of African Americans in the Hill District where Wilson grew up. His boyhood home is not only a Pittsburgh landmark–it’s also on the National Registry of historic landmarks.
“Ferguson may be hundreds of miles away, but the reverberations from August’s shooting are still felt, understandably, in Pittsburgh and other cities nationwide. I know it is hard right now, but it is my fervent hope that in coming days we can use this decision as an opportunity to come together — in peace and in prayer — to do the necessary work of strengthening ties between residents and police, and finding new paths to mutual trust and understanding.”