State of Black Pittsburgh

State of Black Pittsburgh

State of Black Pittsburgh

Speakers

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Chris Moore

Chris Moore has been a producer and host at WQED Pittsburgh since 1980. Moore is best known for his work on Black Horizons, the longest running minority affairs program on public television that celebrated its 40th anniversary in April 2008. Moore currently moderates 4802, WQED’s popular round-table program which airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV.


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Esther L. Bush

Esther L. Bush serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, where under her leadership, the Pittsburgh Urban League recently ranked as one of the nation’s top performing affiliates– for the second time in succession; a feat accomplished by only one other affiliate.  In February 2013, Ms. Bush was among ten Americans recognized at the White House as a Champion of Change in the cause of educational excellence for African Americans.  Additionally, Esther was appointed by Governors to serve on the: Pennsylvania State Board of Education,  PA Commission for Crime and Delinquency,  Law Enforcement and Community Relations Task Force, the Governor’s Commission on Academic Standards, and the Voting Modernization Task Force.


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Chief Cameron McLay

On September 15, 2014,  Cameron McLay  became the City of Pittsburgh’s  Police Chief.  He was formerly a consultant for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and was a former Police Captain in Madison, Wisconsin. McLay started his law enforcement career as an officer for Indiana University.


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Rev. Glenn Garrett Grayson, Sr.

In November of 1996, Rev. Glenn G. Grayson heard and answered a call to pastor Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion Church and to serve as Presiding Elder of the Pittsburgh District. Under his leadership, the church has grown physically, financially, and most of all spiritually. In 2000, Rev. Grayson founded a 501c3 non-profit corporation, The Center That C.A.R.E.S. (Children/Adults Recreational and Educational Services).  Known for his hands on approach of working with children, youth, and adults, Rev. Grayson serves on the Board of The Hill Community Development Corporation, is Co-Chair of the Gun Violence Task Force, and Presiding Elder of the Pittsburgh District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.


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La’Tasha D. Mayes

La’Tasha Mayes has advocated on behalf of many and in 2004, at the age of 22, she founded New Voices Pittsburgh – a community organization dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women and girls. Mayes has served as its Executive Director for eleven years and has successfully developed it into an influential organization that has created dynamic leaders, community organizers and policy advocates in two states and three cities. Mayes has received numerous honors including being named as one of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s 2015 People to Meet, Planned Parenthood Action Fund Dreamkeeper, Pittsburgh Pirates Community Champion Award, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Tribute to Women Young Leaders Award, University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration Outstanding Alumni Award, Public Allies Pittsburgh RISE ChangeMaker Award and PUMP and Pittsburgh Magazine 40 Under 40 Award.



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Vanessa German

Vanessa German is an award winning multidisciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s historic Homewood neighborhood. Vanessa is an actress, playwright, sculptor, performer and educator. She has pioneered a performance style called Spoken Word Opera; a dynamic hybrid of spoken word poetry infused with the theatrical elements of Opera, Hip Hop, and African Storytelling. German’s sculptural work has been shown and exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide and is in several public and private collections including, The Progressive Collection, The Weisman Foundation, The American Visionary Arts Museum and the David C. Driskell center. German is also the founder of, “Love Front Porch” and Homewood’s Art House, and the “STOP SHOOTING, WE LOVE YOU” yard signs.

She debuts a new body of sculptural and performance work in October of 2013 at the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in NYC. The Huffington Post noted her, “One of 30 contemporary art makers under 40 that you should know about.”


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