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Honoring ‘The Great Migration,’ Pa. state agencies celebrate Black History Month

By: - February 14, 2019 5:15 pm

The annual Inter-Agency Black History Month celebration in the Forum Auditorium, Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 14, 2019 (Capital-Star photo).

Employees from across Pennsylvania’s executive branch and independent state agencies gathered Thursday for an annual celebration of Black History Month.

The event, in the Forum Auditorium, behind the state Capitol, focused on the legacy of “The Great Migration,” the movement of rural southern blacks to the urban northeast, midwest and west between 1916 and 1970. Jeffrey Kirkland, a historian from York, offered the keynote address.

Watch video of some of the 12 p.m. event below.


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