BLOG: Celebrating Black History Month in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Obie Kernodle, Deputy Chief of Staff February 03, 2016 Equality, The Blog February marks the nationwide celebration of Black History Month in the United States. The national theme for this year’s observance of Black History Month is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.”The origins of Black History Month began in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History established “Negro History Week.”We have much to celebrate in African American history in the ninety years that have passed since that inaugural year.The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is home to nearly 1.5 million African Americans currently and, throughout history, many have played significant roles in Pennsylvania’s economic, cultural, spiritual, and political development.For example, did you know that Bayard Rustin, a national civil rights advocate and associate of Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Pennsylvania native? As was Richard Allen, the founder of the first national black church in the United States (who is being honored on a postage stamp, unveiled yesterday), and Guion Bluford, an astronaut who in 1983 became the first African American who visited outer space.Pennsylvania was home to some of the best baseball players and teams prior to integration including the Hilldale Club, Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Harrisburg Giants, and Philadelphia Pythians – one of the earliest baseball clubs in the country.Other acclaimed Pennsylvanians include athletes like Wilt Chamberlain, Joe Frazier, Reggie Jackson, Tony Dorsett, Lenny Moore, and Ernie Davis; entertainers like Kevin Hart, The Roots, Will Smith, and Patti LaBelle; and Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels.These men and women have shaped the history of our state and our nation, and they join the other millions of African American Pennsylvanians who have worked tirelessly to maintain and promote their culture and history.Many African American historical firsts happened in Pennsylvania. In 1787, prominent religious leaders Richard Allen and Absalom Jones organized the Free African Society, one of the first black mutual aid societies anywhere, the Philadelphia Colored Female Free Produce Society boycotted products produced by slave labor and exerted economic pressure on slave states, and, in 1838, William Whipper founded The National Reformer, the first black newspaper in the state.African Americans in Pennsylvania have served as conductors on the Underground Railroad, fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and worked in the shipyards in Philadelphia, the coal and steel industries in Steelton and Pittsburgh, and the railroad industry in Erie and Harrisburg.The Commonwealth is proud to honor the history and contributions of African Americans in our state and throughout the nation.The Wolf Administration is encouraging all Pennsylvanians to celebrate this important observance and to continue to work toward the goal of liberty and justice for all.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error If things keep going the way they are for the Lakers, they might have to hold an open tryout for point guards.Jeremy Lin became the latest player to catch the injury bug when he suffered a sprained left ankle during the team’s 5-on-5 workouts after being stepped on by Robert Sacre. Lin left the court on his own power and will be re-evaluated today before the team’s game against Golden State at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario.“It depends on how he feels because he’s still trying to get acclimated to what we’re doing here,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “Obviously the more he plays and he’s out there, the better for him, but if (his ankle) is tender, we’ll probably sit him down.”Lin’s injury comes on the heels of Jordan Clarkson suffering a strained left calf muscle against Golden State on Thursday. Clarkson is expected to miss a week and was restricted to drills following practice. “We’re just going to get healthy and get ready for these last preseason games so we can be healthy for the regular season,” said Clarkson.Young returnsNick Young looked like his usual self bouncing around Lakers practice, save for the sling on his right arm that forced him to shoot and dribble left-handed.Young made his first appearance since tearing the radial collateral ligament in his thumb while guarding Kobe Bryant earlier this week. He ran sprints with the team following their scrimmage but was mostly on the sidelines practicing on his own.“It’s tough, but I’m fighting through it,” Young said.Young wore a heavy cast on his thumb that he said won’t be removed for another five weeks. He is expected to return in six to eight weeks, and in the meantime he’s learning to adjust with his off hand.“I can’t tie my shoelaces or put my clothes on without help,” he said.At the same time, his good mood was still intact. He participated in the team’s final sprints at the end of practice despite trying to duck away when Scott was looking for him.“I was tired from running earlier and was hoping coach didn’t see me, but he did out of the corner of his eye,” Young said.Hello old friend, we meet againTonight the Lakers will face Golden State for the second time in four days and will look to avenge a 120-105 defeat suffered at Staples Center on Thursday.Scott said that the meeting is just another chance for the Lakers to measure themselves against a good team as well as see if they applied the lessons learned in the first meeting.“We know how to play them and we’ll get a chance to see if we improved in some of the areas that we felt we need to improve on,” Scott said. The good news was that Xavier Henry returned to practice after missing a week due to back spasms. Although Henry will not be available tonight, Scott said it was encouraging to see him go through drills and 5-on-5 workouts.“He was rusty and obviously been a while since he’s been on a basketball court, but having him out there was a good sight to see,” he said.Steve Nash, who did not suit up on Thursday, also participated in practice except for parts of the team’s final scrimmage when he went in for treatment. Scott said that he was unsure if Nash or Kobe Bryant would play tonight, but if both feel as fine as they did after practice, they could be called upon depending on Lin’s status.“This is still relatively a new team, so I want them to play together as much as possible. We’ll just have to wait and see,” Scott said.In the meantime, the Lakers are hoping to survive the rest of the preseason without another major injury. Clarkson said afterwards it was weird to see one guard after another go down but focused on the bright side, that it happened now rather than later.