AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[PA] Celebrating African American Achievements
February 28, 2008 3:54 PM EST
HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Several state agencies and hundreds of school children today celebrated the many contributions of African Americans during a Black History Month program at the Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg.
The theme of this year's celebration was, "Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism." A noted historian and author, Woodson is credited as the founder of Black History Month.
"We are thrilled to present a program that highlights the achievements of African Americans, as well as reinforces Carter G. Woodson's vision of a multicultural nation," said Cheryl Walker-Davis, program coordinator.
Among those intellectuals of the Progressive era, Woodson did most to forge an intellectual movement to educate Americans about cultural diversity and democracy. In 1915, he established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and by the time of his death in 1950, he had laid the foundation for multiculturalism.
The celebration included a performance by The Stuart Sisters, a Philadelphia-based group that presented a theatrical journey of drama, dance, and song in a chronology of African American history and contributions to America.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of State, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services and the Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs co-sponsored the Black History Month tribute