Wednesday, November 13, 2013

YWCA Racial Justice Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      

Laura Harwin
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

YWCA Announces the 2013 Racial Justice Award Recipients
Awards presented on Wednesday, November 13

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 7, 2013):  The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the 2013 Racial Justice Award recipients.  The seven awardees will be recognized at the 22nd Annual Racial Justice Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 13.   Award recipients include:

ARTS: janera solomon, Executive Director, Kelly Strayhorn Theater
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Melanie R. Brown, Education Program Officer, The Heinz Endowments
EDUCATION: Marcus Rediker, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History, University of Pittsburgh
GOVERNMENT: The Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness
FAITH: East Liberty Presbyterian Church
LEGAL: Education Law Center, Western Pennsylvania Office
YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT: Alexis K. Marie Payne, Writer/Literary Arts Student, Pittsburgh CAPA Class of 2015

“We are delighted to present the YWCA Racial Justice Award to these recipients in recognition of their efforts to promote equality and justice,” said Magdeline E. Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.  “Their outstanding initiative, dedication to eliminating racism, and the impact they’ve had on the community clearly stood out for the 2013 award.”

The 22nd Annual Racial Justice Awards Dinner takes place on Wednesday, November 13, at the Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner and award program follow at 6:30 p.m. Robert Hill is this year’s Honorary Chair, and WPXI-TV’s Vince Sims will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. To attend the 2013 Racial Justice Awards Dinner, call 412-255-1261 or go to

The annual Racial Justice Awards is a signature event of the YWCA Center for Race and Gender Equity. Through its Racial Justice Awards, the Center seeks to promote a society in which all people receive equal treatment and have equal access in the workplace, public services, justice system, classroom, and throughout the Greater Pittsburgh community. Over the past two decades, the YWCA has recognized more than 100 community leaders that have made a substantial commitment to racial equality.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh strengthens our community by creating and advancing opportunities for all women to seek equality and self-sufficiency.  For more information about the YWCA’s programs and services, visit or call 412-391-5100. To learn about the YWCA Center for Race and Gender Equity, call 412-255-1270.


Laura Harwin
Director of Development and Marketing
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
305 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-255-1279 (phone)
412-391-5109 (fax)

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