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A study by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute and funded by the Heinz Endowments found that because of longstanding structural barriers, Pittsburgh has been overlooking the assets and potential of African American men in the region. Many of these men face real obstacles when trying to access employment opportunities or when they try to obtain development support for business. The report analyzed these structural barriers and has come up with recommendations for government, business and philanthropic sectors to help ensure that black men are included in our region’s efforts to create a more innovative and sustainable economy.

join-the-conversation-building-bridges-to-economic-opportunity-for-african-american-men-posterOn Thursday, November 19, you can join a public discussion of the study’s key findings. A Community Conversation on “Barriers & Bridges: An Action Plan for Overcoming Obstacles and Unlocking Opportunities for African American Men” will see the release of this report during the evening’s forum.

The event is being sponsored by the Heinz Endowments’ African American Men and Boys Task Force. Endowments President Grant Oliphant will open the session. It will be moderated by Dr. Larry E Davis, dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and director of the Center on Race and Social Problems. Panelists will include Dr. Margaret Simms, an Urban Institute Fellow and lead researcher for the study; Kevin Acklin, Mayor William Peduto’s chief of staff and development officer; William Generett, president and CEO of Urban Innovation 21; and Dr. Robert A. Meeder, president and CEO of Pittsburgh Gateways Corp., and a member of the Energy Innovation Center Institute board.

Please add your voice to this community forum at the Hill House Association’s Kaufmann Center. There will be refreshments served at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This event is free, but registration is required by Nov. 12 because seating is limited.

Community Conversation: Building Bridges to Economic Opportunity for African American Men
When: Thursday November 19, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Hill House Association, Kaufmann Center, 1825 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Register NOW: Here