Pittsburgh's Young Leaders to be Honored in City-County Building for Black History Month

Feb 2, 2015

James A. Brown, Tamasia Johnson, Alichia R. Parker, and Ryan S. Scott are being honored by The City of Pittsburgh as part of Black History Month.
Credit City Parks / City of Pittsburgh

Four leading African American Pittsburghers will be honored with a display in the City-County Building downtown throughout February as part of a Black History Month event called “Pittsburgh Legacy of Leaders: Laying the Groundwork for our Future Leaders.”

James A. Brown, 36, director of the YMCA Lighthouse Project; Tamasia Johnson, 24, founding director of the Pearl Club; Alichia R. Parker, 32, president and founder of A PAR Educational, LLC; and Ryan S. Scott, 31, co-director of the Black Male Leadership Development Institute are the subjects of the month-long exhibit.

Chay Tyler, City of Pittsburgh Special Events Office Program Coordinator, said several interviews were conducted with young black leaders in Pittsburgh to find the the community members who stood out the most.

“We narrowed that list down by identifying some of the characteristics that are unique, that are different, that are on the cutting edge of doing something that’s a little different for these type of leaders that we’re looking at,” Tyler said.

The display will feature several photographs and a biography of each honoree. It can be viewed in the City-County Building lobby weekdays from 8am- 5pm. Details have also been posted on line.

A public reception to celebrate the opening of the display will take place Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 6pm-8pm with refreshments, remarks by Mayor Bill Peduto, and music entertainment by Cross Currents.