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HONOREES—From left: Valerie McDonald, Judge J. Warren Watson and Rodger Humphries.

HONOREES—From left: Valerie McDonald, Judge J. Warren Watson and Rodger Humphries.

As the City of Pittsburgh embarks on a year filled with events and activities to commemorate its 200th Anniversary, the historical celebration will begin with an event to pay homage to African Americans and their contributions to making Pittsburgh, as well as Allegheny County, “the most livable city” that it is.

On Thursday, Feb. 25, Stop the Violence-Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Senator John Heinz History Center and others, will host Pittsburgh’s 2016 Black Honors Symposium & Gala to be held at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. The celebration will commence with a red carpet event at 6, followed by the program at 7 p.m.

The historic event will recognize local individuals who, for more than 20 years, have worked diligently within their communities to make strides in education, religion, politics, sports, entertainment and economics.  The legacy leaders & honorees are: Alma Speed Fox, retired Judge J. Warren Watson, Mark Brentley, Roger Humphries, Rev. Victor Grigsby, Ralph Proctor, Valerie McDonald Roberts and Bishop Loran Mann.

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