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Black History Month: History and Business

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City of Pittsburgh

African American life, history and culture have become major forces in the United States and the world. Here to discuss the evolution, from both a social and economic perspective, of Black History Month is business contributor Rebecca Harris, Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University.

Harris says that the roots of Black History Month go back to Dr. Carter Woodson, who founded the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History and pushed for a time during the year to reflect on the history and accomplishments of Black Americans.

The theme for this year’s Black History Month is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture,” and it includes coordinated exhibits at museums and institutions throughout the country.

Meanwhile, some of the biggest names in American business are recognizing Black History Month with a variety of projects. For instance, Nike has has created a Black History Month collection, with African-inspired patterns and designs. And Macy’s is celebrating with a collection of designs meant to capture the style of soul music and culture.

Locally, the event “Pittsburgh Legacy of Leaders: Laying the Groundwork for our Future Leaders” is recognizing four exceptional African-American Pittsburghers.

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