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Duquesne Light African American Leadership Awards
WQED and Duquesne Light celebrate the 19th Annual Duquesne Light African American Leadership Awards to showcase the extraordinary accomplishments of those who influence the success of the African American community in western Pennsylvania.



Outstanding individuals recognized for their contributions

PITTSBURGH -- WQED and Duquesne Light celebrate the 19th Annual Duquesne Light African American Leadership Awards to showcase the extraordinary accomplishments of those who influence the success of the African American community in western Pennsylvania.

WQED’s Chris Moore emcees the celebration this year that includes a keynote speech by Justice Cynthia A. Baldwin, Partner at Duane Morris LLP. Duquesne Light President and CEO Morgan O’Brien and WQED President and CEO George L. Miles, Jr. offer remarks on the importance of this community-focused celebration, and a video presentation produced by WQED highlights this year’s awardees.

The Duquesne Light African-American Leadership Awards honor five outstanding individuals or organizations in four categories: arts, culture and recreation; civic, community and humanitarian; business and government; and education. Outstanding local students are also honored with $5,000 scholarships from Duquesne Light.

Since 1989, the Duquesne Light Black History Month Celebration has honored nearly 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.

WQED’s Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award-winning Chris Moore (host of Black Horizons and OffQ) will interview the student awardees live from the studio during the reception for that evening’s OnQ live broadcast at 7:30 pm on WQED-TV.

The awardees will be honored at

The 19th Annual Duquesne Light Black History Month Celebration

Monday, February 23, 2009

6:00 – 9:00 pm

WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio, 4802 Fifth Avenue in Oakland

Honorees for this year’s African American Leadership Awards:


Nancy D. Washington, Ph. D., Community Volunteer

Dr. Washington has published articles and presented papers on the topics of student achievement and health beliefs among girls, women and African Americans. She was recognized for her dedication and commitment to improving the health of minority populations. In 2007 she was elected Vice President of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. This is Dr. Washington’s second African American Leadership Award.


Dr. Howard B. Slaughter, Jr., CEO, Landmarks Community Capital Corporation

Dr. Slaughter holds five degrees, including a Master’s Degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Public Management and his Doctorate in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University. He also completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He recently attended the Yale CEO Institute and the Brookings Institute Conference as a Partner.


Tamiko L. Stanley, Assistant Director and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, City of Pittsburgh, Department of Personnel

Ms. Stanley recently launched the hugely successful DiverseCity365 program to recognize and promote equal opportunity and a diverse Pittsburgh culture 365 days a year. She and her 365 Taskforce continue to travel to communities to provide education and access to employment opportunities. Ms. Stanley has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Duquesne University, where she was the university’s first minority “Student of the Year.”


Paula K. Davis, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity, University of Pittsburgh School of the Health Sciences

In 2003, Ms. Davis was the first individual to win the Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award – an honor normally bestowed upon campus organizations or programs – a testament to her years of working diligently to support students through her roles in admissions, academic advising, alumni relations, financial aid and minority student support services. She is also an advocate for autism research and education.

Valerie Njie, Executive Director, Senior Vice President, Bidwell Training Center

Ms. Njie has placed thousands of graduates in meaningful jobs throughout the region. She leads a staff that has made Bidwell a school of distinction that is highly regarded locally and nationally. She utilizes her skills in leading compliance visits to career schools which are seeking accreditation or renewal.

The 2009 Duquesne Light Scholarship Awardees are:

Cashmere Gore is a freshman at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). His goal is to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh by specializing in pediatric and geriatric pharmacology – two populations he feels have been overlooked. He would like to own his own pharmacy one day.

Ciera Dempsey graduated from Peters Township High School where, during her senior year, she participated in the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) program. She won first prize for her hair care business and traveled to New York City to accept her award.

Rolando Gordon. A high school senior, Rolando enjoys writing and his favorite subject is language empowerment. This past summer he attended an intensive six-week college orientation workshop at the Virginia Military Institute, an experience that taught him the value of focusing on his goals in order to achieve.

Kharie Harris is a senior at Mt. Lebanon High School and enjoys sports and music. Kharie has not yet decided on a school or area of study after graduation, but understands the importance of education.

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, 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: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/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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