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PECO Celebrates African American History Month with Series of Innovative Events Focused on Arts, Education and Community

PECO is celebrating African American History Month 2016 by supporting many local events that contribute to the rich heritage of African Americans in the Greater Philadelphia region. Events include:

  • February 3 to March 20: The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents Drapetomanía: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba An exhibition curated by Alejandro de la Fuente, Drapetomanía is a tribute to Grupo Antillano, a forgotten visual arts and cultural movement depicting the importance of African and Afro-Caribbean influences in the formation of the Cuban nation. More information at
  • February 6: 24th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair at the Community College of Philadelphia The book fair is the nation’s oldest and largest one-day event for African-American children’s books, drawing more than 3,500 visitors. Festivities include readings from award-winning authors and illustrators, games and prizes, book signings and literary resources. A wide selection of books from nationally-acclaimed African-American writers will be available for purchase. More information at
  • February 7: Free First Sundays at the Barnes Foundation – February’s programming includes the unveiling of Art Sanctuary’s 32nd Celebration of Black Writing, an annual, month-long festival gathering thousands of artists, authors, singer/songwriters and more who are deeply connected to African and African-American culture. The day will also include a performance by KIPP Charter School’s All-Region Honor Band. More information at
  • February 11: Sixth Annual Philadelphia Tribune Christopher J. Perry/Carter G. Woodson Black History Awards Luncheon at the Union League of Philadelphia – The Philadelphia Tribune’s luncheon honors men and women who have made a significant impact on African-American history in Philadelphia and beyond. Each year, the event serves as a notable learning and networking opportunity for hundreds of attendees. More information at

PECO’s employee resource group Exelon African American Resource Alliance (EAARA) is hosting a variety of employee events focused on this year’s theme of “Inspiration, Innovation and Transformation.” Events include:

  • February 8: PECO’s African American History Month Kick-off Event featuring Dr. Frederic Bertley – EAARA kicks off African American History Month with a keynote address from Dr. Frederic Bertley, the Franklin Institute’s senior vice president of Science and Education. This event will take place at PECO’s Main Office Building (2301 Market St., Philadelphia).
  • February 10: African American Innovators of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Arnett Woodall, owner of West Philly Produce, will discuss how he transformed the corner of 62nd and Ludlow streets from an empty lot into a produce store for West Philadelphia families. This event will take place at PECO’s Christian Street Service Building (830 S. Schuylkill Ave., Philadelphia).
  • February 11: Conversation with an Innovator – Christopher Grey, co-founder of Scholly and one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” will present on his experiences on “Shark Tank” and how he continues to innovate his app that helps students easily find college scholarships. This event will take place at PECO’s Main Office Building (2301 Market St., Philadelphia).
  • February 12: “Take a Step Back in Time with the Harlem Renaissance” – Take a journey back to the 1920s and 1930s to learn about the social and artistic explosion that characterized the Harlem Renaissance. Poetry by African-American poets will be read, and live music from the period will be performed. This event will take place at PECO’s Warminster Service Building (400 Park Ave., Warminster).
  • February 18: Innovators of the 21st Century – EAARA will present a film on African-American innovators, as well as host a display of African-American artwork. This event will take place at PECO’s Plymouth Service Building (680 Ridge Pike, Plymouth Meeting).
  • February 19: The Life of Madam C.J. Walker – Dr. Daisy Century will re-enact the life of entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire in America. This event will take place at PECO’s Berwyn Service Building (1050 W. Swedesford Rd., Berwyn).
  • February 23: PECO’s African American History Month Signature Event at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) – PECO and AAMP host George Fraser, award-winning entrepreneur and author, and Gina Paige, founder of Fraser will discuss the importance of networking in increasing opportunities for people of African descent. Paige will present on how she pioneered an innovative way for African Americans to trace their African lineage.

If you are a member of the media and would like more information or would like to attend these events, please contact PECO Media Relations at 215-841-5555.

PECO proudly celebrates diversity year-round through programming that provides broad public exposure to diversity in the communities that the company serves. To learn more about PECO’s community support, visit

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company’s 2,400 dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6 million electric and more than 508,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2014 PECO delivered 89.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and had an estimated economic impact of $4.5 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,600 local jobs and producing $760 million in labor income. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are a member of the media and would like to receive PECO news releases via email, please send your email address to

Debra Yemenijian
215-841-5091 or 215-841-5555

Source: Business Wire (February 4, 2016 - 10:33 AM EST)

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