Pennsylvania Treasury, Department of Auditor General Celebrate Black History Month

February 12 2013
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Pennsylvania Treasury, Department of Auditor General Celebrate Black History Month

Harrisburg (Feb. 12, 2013) – State Treasurer Rob McCord and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today honored and celebrated the history, culture, and innumerable contributions of African Americans to society during an event to recognize Black History Month. Today’s event, which was held at the Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg, marks the 17th consecutive year the two agencies have sponsored such a program.

“African American men and women have helped shape and strengthen our Commonwealth and our nation in a countless number of ways,” said Treasurer McCord. “Though often unheralded at the time, it is important that we recognize these contributions and consider their significance – particularly those that were achieved during times of great inequality and injustice. This celebration gives us the opportunity to reflect on our history, gain a better understanding of it, and discuss how we can help others to achieve their dreams.”

"At the heart of America’s success are the contributions of people of all races and creeds," said Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. "So it is today, that we take time out to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments and contributions African Americans have made to our commonwealth and nation."

Darrien Davenport, director of intercultural student life and programming at York College and member of the Pennsylvania Diversity Council, provided keynote remarks about the importance education and continual investments in learning in order for individuals to realize their full potential.

The joint Black History Month celebration also included musical selections performed by the Earth Tones, a state employee volunteer choir.


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