Black History Month Observance

“Pittsburgh Legacy of Leaders: Laying the Groundwork for our Future Leaders” showcases the accomplishments of four outstanding African Americans:

  • JAMES A. BROWN, Director of YMCA Lighthouse Project
  • TAMASIA JOHNSON, Founding Director of The Pearl Club
  • ALICHIA R. PARKER, President and Founder of A PAR Educational, LLC
  • RYAN S. SCOTT, Co-Director of Black Male Leadership Development Institute,

a program of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University 

“Pittsburgh Legacy of Leaders” spotlights the accomplishments of these young trailblazers by highlighting their contributions to the region and describing their plans for the future. 

The City of Pittsburgh’s celebration of Black History Month is presented by Citiparks and is sponsored by BNY Mellon and WAMO 100.

The exhibit is on display in the lobby of the City-County Building weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. February 4 – 27. 

Honorees shown in photo above (left to right):  Alichia R. Parker, James A. Brown, Ryan S. Scott, Tamasia Johnson.


The public is invited to attend a reception in celebration of the opening of "Pittsburgh Legacy of Leaders" on Wednesday, February 4, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

The ceremony in the City-County Building lobby will include remarks by Mayor William Peduto and other individuals involved with the City’s Black History Month celebration as well as refreshments and musical entertainment by Cross Currents.


JAMES A. BROWN, 36, is the Youth Development Director for the Homewood-Brushton YMCA and Director of the YMCA Lighthouse Project, an afterschool program for teens that teaches leadership and career readiness through the media arts of film, photography, graphic design and music production.  The Lighthouse Project has impacted the lives of 300+ youth, providing them with transformative opportunities to engage in the arts, find their voice and prepare for college and career.

TAMASIA JOHNSON, 24, is the Founding Director of The Pearl Club, an organization that develops skills in inner-City young women to foster their success and ability to become college-ready and to enroll and graduate from postsecondary institutions.  Ms. Johnson’s work has empowered 150+ young woman in 9th through 11th grade by teaching networking, time management and communication skills.

ALICHIA R. PARKER, 32, is the President and Founder of A PAR Educational, LLC., an organization that enhances the learning ability of children through private tutoring, consulting and training, technical assistance and evaluation.  In 2011, Ms. Parker founded the Malaika Learning Center, which has served 100+ children in preschool through 8th grade with educational programming to identify, affirm and challenge each child’s giftedness.

RYAN S. SCOTT, 31, is the Co-Director for the Black Male Leadership Development Institute, a program of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University.  The program brings African American boys in 9th through 12th grade together in a yearlong program designed to increase educational and leadership opportunities.  Mr. Scott’s work has provided resources, advice and guidance to 600+ young men in the region.



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