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 aampmuseum.org.
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 theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org.
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 barnesfoundation.org.
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 phillytrib.com.
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
February 10: African American Innovators of Yesterday, Today and
Tomorrow – 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
Century – 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
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 AfricanAncestry.com. 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
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 peco.com/community.
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
programs and organizations. For more information visit peco.com,
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