Governor Corbett Honors Everyday Heroes for Black History Month

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Yesterday, Governor Tom Corbett recognized African American leaders from across Pennsylvania for their commitment and dedication to their community.

These everyday heroes have excelled in their professional fields while making a difference in the lives of individuals around them.

“We honor five people today – a youth advocate, two educators, a community outreach leader and a doctor,” Corbett said. “Generations to come will see the impact they have on others and their community because of the dedication and optimism they share with all of us.”

Those recognized at a ceremony at the State Museum of Pennsylvania include:

– Cassandra Vaughn – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capitol Region Harrisburg
– Dr. Kathy Humphrey – University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
– Denise Williams – Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center, Inc. Pittsburgh
– Dr. Deborah Witt – Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Philadelphia
– Dr. Ron Jackson – Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia

The ceremony coincides with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln, which some suggest was the turning point in the Civil War that commenced the end of slavery. Items from The State Museum’s Emancipation Proclamation exhibit were on display during the ceremony.

“During Black History Month, we will continue to celebrate historic figures such as Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Karen Stokes, executive director and chairperson of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs. “But it is just as important to recognize the contributions made by people like little league coaches, teachers and community volunteers. Their strength and dedication is a hallmark of the African American community.”

The honorees were nominated by members of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs.

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