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Building Communities That Thrive is Luncheon Theme

The DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) celebrated Black History Month in the traditional way, with the 17th Annual African-American Luncheon. Attendees shared some of their own favorite dishes, while taking part in an educational program. This year’s theme, “Building Communities That Thrive,” was touted by each speaker as an appropriate goal – be it in the workplace, the home or our neighborhoods. The motivational poem, “Arise,” was read by its author Fred Smith. Mr. Smith is a member of the CYF Family Group Decision Making staff and frequently uses his poetry to inspire families and workers to create a thriving community. All in attendance joined in singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the song many consider the African-American National Anthem. It has been part of the African-American culture since its first performance on February 12, 1900, in honor of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

The luncheon’s guest speaker was Regis D. Bobonis, Sr., a historian dedicated to preserving the memory of the Tuskegee Airmen, and a member of the Daniel B. Matthews Historical Society. Mr. Bobonis narrated an engaging slide show that brought to life the men who served the United States during World War II as the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. The presentation was particularly suited to the audience, since the largest contingent of enlistees in the Tuskegee Airmen came out of Western Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh area was home to 17 enlistees from the Hill District, 15 from Homewood/Brushton, four from the Northside and six from Beltzhoover.

Thanks were extended to Mr. Bobonis, organizers, participants and the DHS Office of Community Relations (OCR) for door prizes.

KEYS AmeriCorps members during 2012 MLK Day of Service KEYS AmeriCorps members during 2012 MLK Day of Service
Becky Wong, Denise Allen Brown, Regis D. Bobonis, Sr., Dr. Marcia Sturdivant, Michele Kustra, and Wrenna L. Watson, Esq. Left to Right: Jerry Harvey, Regis D. Bobonis, Sr., and Julius Hill

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