Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown
190th Legislative District
Philadelphia County

PLBC to host annual Black History Month celebration

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 –The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will host their annual Black History Month celebration at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the Capitol Rotunda.

State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the PLBC, announced the theme for this year’s event as “Political Pioneers.”

“The PLBC wanted to take this opportunity to highlight our people of color who were trailblazers in the realm of politics and government,” Brown said. “This event attempts to speak to the inner courage, struggles and triumphs of those who boldly ventured into uncharted waters and made what once seemed impossible possible.”

The theme of this event pays homage to the several political “firsts,” such as Colin Powell, Ronald H. Brown and Justice Sonia Sotomayor, just to name a few. In addition, the featured honorees of this event will be Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress and first legitimate female African-American candidate for president, and Crystal Bird Fauset, a former West Philadelphia resident and the first African-American woman elected to the Pennsylvania State House.

The program also will include musical performances, dramatic presentations, poetry and a historical reenactment of the life of Shirley Chisholm by Mrs. Ardie Brown of the Stuart Sisters performing arts troupe. Immediately following the event, Brown and the PLBC will host a luncheon reception for participants and guests in G-50, K. LeRoy Irvis Office Building in the Capitol Complex.

The event, to be held on the steps in the Capitol Rotunda, is open to the public.


Vanessa Brown

190th Legislative District
Philadelphia County
(215) 879-6615