Amtrak Celebrates Black History Month

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Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration recognized during the month of February. Amtrak’s celebration of Black History Month will feature a wide range of in-station events, promotions, contests and advertising.

“Black History Month is a great time to not only reflect on the important contributions made by so many Americans, but it allows us the opportunity to dream and to learn.” said Darlene Abubakar, senior director, National Advertising and Marketing Programs. “

Below is a sampling of the various activities and events taking place around the system. Additional postings will be listed soon.

Multicultural Symposium Series: Amtrak will be sponsoring the 22nd annual Empowerment Recognition Multicultural BHM Breakfast to salute Community and Faith Based Leadership on Tuesday Feb. 10, at 8:30 a.m. at the Colonnade Boston Hotel. The keynote speaker is Reverend Karla Cooper, Professor and Co-Founder AME India. For details visit http://www.mssconnect.com.

The Portland Jazz Festival: Amtrak Cascades is proud to sponsor the Portland Jazz Festival. The organization’s mission is to inspire, educate and develop future jazz audiences for generations to come.  The festival is a multi-venue series of jazz events, education and outreach programs that extend into Portland, Oregon schools and neighborhoods.

Amtrak Pioneer Awards: In partnership with the Washington Wizards, today, Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m., at the Verizon Center, the Amtrak Pioneer Award will be presented, recognizing local community leaders who have made a positive impact on the Washington, D.C., area.

On Friday, Feb. 6, at 7:00 p.m., Amtrak will partner with the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center where the Amtrak Pioneer Award will be presented, recognizing local community leaders who have made a positive impact on the New York City area.

Newark Museum: Black History Month will include a month long schedule of family programs, hands on workshops for children/adults, lectures, films and live theatre, dance and music performances at this New Jersey museum Special gallery tours will herald the accomplishments of prominent African American artists. Visit www.newarkmuseum.org for more information.

African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP): On February 28, Amtrak and the African American Museum will have a Black History Month event to support One Book, One Philadelphia and its book selection of Locomotive for 2015. One Book, One Philadelphia is a joint project of the Mayor’s Office and the Free Library of Philadelphia that has the goal of promoting literacy and encouraging the Philadelphia community to come together through reading and discussing a single book.

The museum will be using the book as the touch point for their 2015 February Macy’s Family Fun Day.  The day will be filled with family-oriented activities – games, crafts and contests all with a train theme.  An Amtrak Locomotive Engineer and Track / Signal person will also be part of the day’s festivities. Visit http://www.aampmuseum.org/calendar.html for more information.

B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore: Proudly presented by Amtrak, the B&O Railroad Museum opens a new African American exhibit that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the railroad industry. Learn about these men and women who filled vital jobs along the B&O Railroad’s line and understand how significant social issues, such as segregation, affected railroading.

New exhibits focus on African American passenger travel during segregation and chefs and waiters who worked on B&O dining cars. More info at: http://www.borail.org.

Washington Union Station: The Mid-Atlantic Division Employee Black History Committee is inviting all Amtrak employees and their families to come out to support the 18th Annual Black History Celebration program at Washington Union Station, Starlight Room, Gate C on Saturday, February 21 from noon – 3:00 p.m.  This year’s event will honor African American Women in Media and Andrea Roane, a local television news anchor, will be a guest speaker.

New York Penn Station: Amtrak sponsored BHM activities in the New York Penn Station Rotunda area will include:

  • 18 and 19: The New York Historical Society Educational Series – History of Slavery in New York City and History of the Underground Railroad. Visual and hands-on presentations will be available from 10:00 a.m. –  noon and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • 18 and 19: Documentary Visual Presentations to include a slide show and short documentary films with audio on topics such as Black American History and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Presentations are from noon – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 25: Live on-site mini performances from professional dancers and alumni from the Dance Theater of Harlem. Performances will be held between 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.