African American Leadership Awards
WQED partners with Duquesne Light to showcase the extraordinary accomplishments of those who influence the success of the African American community in western Pennsylvania
WQED AND DUQUESNE LIGHT PRESENT THE
18TH ANNUAL DUQUESNE LIGHT AFRICAN-AMERICAN
Outstanding individuals recognized for their contributions
PITTSBURGH -- WQED once again partners with Duquesne Light to showcase the
extraordinary accomplishments of those who influence the success of the African
American community in western Pennsylvania.
The Duquesne Light African-American Leadership Awards honor four outstanding
individuals or organizations in four categories: arts, culture and recreation; civic,
community and humanitarian; business and government; and education. Four
outstanding local high school students with exemplary academic and community service
achievements are also honored with $5,000 scholarships each from Duquesne Light.
Over the past 18 years, the Duquesne Light Black History Month Celebration has
honored over 100 leaders and has given thousands of dollars in scholarship monies to
area African-American youth to empower and nurture future community leaders. WQED
has been hosting the awards since 2001.
The awardees are featured in television messages on WQED-TV, in PITTSBURGH
magazine, on WQED Interactive at www.wqed.org, and in a segment of OnQ.
WQED’s Emmy Award-winning Chris Moore (host of Black Horizons and OffQ) will
interview the awardees live from the studio during the reception for that evening’s OnQ
live broadcast at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV.
The awardees will be honored at
The 18th Annual Duquesne Light Black History Month Celebration
Monday, February 25, 2008, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
WQED Studio A, 4802 Fifth Avenue in Oakland
Honorees for this year’s African American Leadership Awards:
ARTS, CULTURE, RECREATION
August Wilson Center for African American Culture
CIVIC, COMMUNITY, HUMANITARIAN
Reverend Glenn G. Grayson, Senior Pastor/Wesley Center African Methodist Episcopal Zion
Yvonne Cook, President, Highmark Foundation and Vice President of Community and Health
Initiatives, Highmark, Inc.
Imani Christian Academy
The 2008 Duquesne Light Scholarship Awardees are:
Mt. Lebanon High School
Peters Township High School
Oliver High School
Mt. Lebanon High School
About Duquesne Light Company
Duquesne Light Company is a leader in the transmission and distribution of electric
energy, offering superior customer service and reliability to more than half a million
customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.
About WQED Pittsburgh
WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for
Station Excellence and 12 other Emmy Awards, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first
community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality
programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public
within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first
broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field
production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED-DT; The
WQED Neighborhood Channel; WQED-HD; WQEX-TV (A Shop NBC affiliate);
WQED-FM89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM89.7/Johnstown; a publishing division that
includes PITTSBURGH magazine; local and national television and radio productions;
WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and the WQED Education Department.
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