We started early on Jan. 30, 2022 at the Pens vs. Kings game. In the Lower Hill Redevelopment Suite, we hosted Mayor Gainey, City Councilman Lavelle and Deputy Mayor Jake Wheatley's families, Attorney and Executive Director of the August Wilson House, Paul Ellis, retired Pittsburgh Police officer, Tonya Ford and had our social media manager on deck for pictures and posts, Naomi Ritter. Suite 36 was activated by BPG's Director of Community, Arts and Culture, Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis. The activations, exhibits and other planning for Black History Month were set up by Attorney and head of H.R., Tracey McCants Lewis, and DEI Specialist, Delvina Morrow, of the Pittsburgh Penguins!
The day went extremely well! Everyone was relaxed, happy and having a good time. Highlights were the yellow towels that were given to everybody who walked in the door. It was great way to quickly bridge the gap and unite people. Most of the arena were waving their flags like crazy. The "Celebrating Black History" messages that were displayed, the singing of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and the projections on the Jumbotron of the Mt. Ararat Baptist Choir, Tracey McCants-Lewis, the Black Girl Hockey Club and the Military Veteran were beautiful, as were all the close ups of attendees waving their towels.
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Lower Hill Redevelopment partner, Pittsburgh Penguins are kicking off a month of Black History celebrations with Black Hockey History Day at PPG Paints Arena followed by a hockey game on Sunday, January 30th against the LA Kings. Throughout the month of February, the Penguins will celebrate Black History Month through virtual programming focused on elevating Black leaders and change-makers, sharing inspiring stories of historic resilience, and connecting fans to one another through their love for hockey.
"The Penguins are devoted to supporting the youth of our city and the Black community. It's part of our mission, and we're happy to lead the National Hockey League and the city of Pittsburgh in celebrating Black History Month all through February," Penguins President David Morehouse said.
The Penguins 2022 Black History Month, where we will feature NHL players and executives, community leaders, and Penguins’ front office staff, as we come together to celebrate the achievements of Black individuals, then, now and in the future.
To find out more about Penguins Black History Month programming click here