In an extraordinary celebration held amid the ornate beauty of Carnegie Museum and music hall, the 2016 BMe Community Leaders from Pittsburgh were presented to approximately 300 attendees.
Just after a pre-reception in the Grand Foyer the audience was ushered into the auditorium for a program that included a welcome and opening remarks by Ben Evans, national managing director of BMe and a proclamation and congratulatory words from Mayor William Peduto.
“I am a proud partner in this important community-building work. These BMe Leaders not only provide Pittsburgh residents with care, education, and economic opportunity; they provide inspiration, role models and hope,” said the Mayor.
BMe is a national network of people committed to building caring and prosperous communities inspired by Black men. BMe is built upon Black fathers, coaches, businessmen and students who lead by example to strengthen neighborhoods, mentor young people, and create businesses. In its 2nd year in Pittsburgh, lead by BMe manager, Harry Johnson III, applicants this year, compared to last, went from 70 to 200.
“This increase represents what a powerful presence BMe is, and that folks are catching onto our mission; one that says Black Males are assets and it is time to spread that word around,” Johnson said.