PLBC hosts Black History Month event at state Capitol

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – In commemorating Black History Month, members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus hosted an event in the Main Capitol Rotunda.

This year’s theme was “Black Migrations,” observing the movement of people from African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.

“The African-Americans who embarked on the journey of migration were all trailblazers in their own right. They broke culture barriers while facing extreme prejudice and economic, political and social challenges,” said Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC chairman. “The program provided us with the opportunity to not only celebrate the achievements our ancestors pursued that ultimately laid a foundation in our history, but also to remember the struggles they endured; for these struggles continue to plague people of color in today’s society.”

“The Great Migration changed the course of the lives of many African-Americans and their children. Some families attained success, others found that racial injustices and disparities weren't limited to the south,” said Rep. Donna Bullock, PLBC vice chairman. “Through Black History Month programs, like our showcase at the state Capitol, we have a responsibility to honor our ancestors' journey, celebrate our achievements, defend democracy and fight injustices everywhere.”

The program also included speaker Dr. Chieke E. Ihejirika, professor at Lincoln University; performances by the Pine Forge Academy Choir and the Enon Vessels of Praise Dance Troop, artwork displayed by Cheney University art students, and remarks from Kinsey and Rep. Summer Lee, PLBC treasurer.

The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus was founded in 1973. Its purpose is to serve as an information and advocacy vehicle to advance the interests of African-American, Latino and other people of color in the commonwealth.