PECO Celebrates African American History Month with Series of Innovative Events Focused on Arts, Education and Community

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PECO is celebrating African American History Month 2016 by supporting
many local events that contribute to the rich heritage of African
Americans in the Greater Philadelphia region. Events include:

  • February 3 to March 20: The African American Museum in Philadelphia
    presents Drapetomanía: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba
    An exhibition curated by Alejandro de la Fuente, Drapetomanía is
    a tribute to Grupo Antillano, a forgotten visual arts and cultural
    movement depicting the importance of African and Afro-Caribbean
    influences in the formation of the Cuban nation. More information at
  • February 6: 24th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair at
    the Community College of Philadelphia
    The book fair is
    the nation’s oldest and largest one-day event for African-American
    children’s books, drawing more than 3,500 visitors. Festivities
    include readings from award-winning authors and illustrators, games
    and prizes, book signings and literary resources. A wide selection of
    books from nationally-acclaimed African-American writers will be
    available for purchase. More information at
  • February 7: Free First Sundays at the Barnes Foundation –
    February’s programming includes the unveiling of Art Sanctuary’s 32nd
    Celebration of Black Writing, an annual, month-long festival gathering
    thousands of artists, authors, singer/songwriters and more who are
    deeply connected to African and African-American culture. The day will
    also include a performance by KIPP Charter School’s All-Region Honor
    Band. More information at
  • February 11: Sixth Annual Philadelphia Tribune Christopher J.
    Perry/Carter G. Woodson Black History Awards Luncheon at the Union
    League of Philadelphia
    – The Philadelphia Tribune’s
    luncheon honors men and women who have made a significant impact on
    African-American history in Philadelphia and beyond. Each year, the
    event serves as a notable learning and networking opportunity for
    hundreds of attendees. More information at

PECO’s employee resource group Exelon African American Resource Alliance
(EAARA) is hosting a variety of employee events focused on this year’s
theme of “Inspiration, Innovation and Transformation.” Events include:

  • February 8: PECO’s African American History Month Kick-off Event
    featuring Dr. Frederic Bertley
    – EAARA kicks off African American
    History Month with a keynote address from Dr. Frederic Bertley, the
    Franklin Institute’s senior vice president of Science and Education.
    This event will take place at PECO’s Main Office Building (2301 Market
    St., Philadelphia).
  • February 10: African American Innovators of Yesterday, Today and
    Arnett Woodall, owner of West Philly Produce,
    will discuss how he transformed the corner of 62nd and
    Ludlow streets from an empty lot into a produce store for West
    Philadelphia families. This event will take place at PECO’s Christian
    Street Service Building (830 S. Schuylkill Ave., Philadelphia).
  • February 11: Conversation with an Innovator – Christopher Grey,
    co-founder of Scholly and one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” will present on
    his experiences on “Shark Tank” and how he continues to innovate his
    app that helps students easily find college scholarships. This event
    will take place at PECO’s Main Office Building (2301 Market St.,
  • February 12: “Take a Step Back in Time with the Harlem Renaissance”
    – Take a journey back to the 1920s and 1930s to learn about the social
    and artistic explosion that characterized the Harlem Renaissance.
    Poetry by African-American poets will be read, and live music from the
    period will be performed. This event will take place at PECO’s
    Warminster Service Building (400 Park Ave., Warminster).
  • February 18: Innovators of the 21st
    – EAARA will present a film on African-American
    innovators, as well as host a display of African-American artwork.
    This event will take place at PECO’s Plymouth Service Building (680
    Ridge Pike, Plymouth Meeting).
  • February 19: The Life of Madam C.J. Walker – Dr. Daisy Century
    will re-enact the life of entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J.
    Walker, the first female self-made millionaire in America. This event
    will take place at PECO’s Berwyn Service Building (1050 W. Swedesford
    Rd., Berwyn).
  • February 23: PECO’s African American History Month Signature Event
    at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)
    – PECO and
    AAMP host George Fraser, award-winning entrepreneur and author, and
    Gina Paige, founder of Fraser will discuss the
    importance of networking in increasing opportunities for people of
    African descent. Paige will present on how she pioneered an innovative
    way for African Americans to trace their African lineage.

If you are a member of the media and would like more information or
would like to attend these events, please contact PECO Media Relations
at 215-841-5555.

PECO proudly celebrates diversity year-round through programming that
provides broad public exposure to diversity in the communities that the
company serves. To learn more about PECO’s community support, visit

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility
subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company’s 2,400
dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6
million electric and more than 508,000 natural gas customers in
southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2014 PECO delivered 89.9 billion cubic
feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and
had an estimated economic impact of $4.5 billion in Pennsylvania,
supporting more than 9,600 local jobs and producing $760 million in
labor income.
Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater
Philadelphia Region’s most active corporate citizens, providing
leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and
culture, education, environmental, economic development and community
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Debra Yemenijian
215-841-5091 or 215-841-5555