Honoring ‘The Great Migration,’ Pa. state agencies celebrate Black History Month

    The annual Inter-Agency Black History Month celebration in the Forum Auditorium, Harrisburg, Pa., 2/14/19 (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek)

    Employees from across Pennsylvania’s executive branch and independent state agencies gathered Thursday for an annual celebration of Black History Month.

    The event, in the Forum Auditorium, behind the state Capitol, focused on the legacy of “The Great Migration,” the movement of rural southern blacks to the urban northeast, midwest and west between 1916 and 1970.¬†Jeffrey Kirkland, a historian from York, offered the keynote address.

    Watch video of some of the 12 p.m. event below.

     

    An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.

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