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PECO concludes African American History Month celebration with renowned actresses Sheryl Lee Ralph and Regina Taylor

PECO’s celebration of African American History Month concluded this week with a star-studded event at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts featuring two award-winning African American actresses – singer Sheryl Lee Ralph and director Regina Taylor – for a program titled “The Power of Progress: Historical Images of African Americans in Film, Television and Theatre.” Hosted by Comcast Network’s Emmy-award-winning television journalist Arthur Fennell, Ralph and Taylor spoke on how African Americans are represented on stage and screen, including the history and origins of stereotypical images.
(L-R) Monica Wrenn, Sharon Simpson, Mellanie Lassiter, Emmett Vaughn, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Romulo Diaz, Jr., Art Fennell, Sabrina Brooks, Regina Taylor, Ronald Bradley, and Craig Adams.

Sponsored by PECO’s employee network group, Exelon African American Members Association (EAAMA), the event included a viewing of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit exhibit. Immediately following the program, Ralph signed copies of her book Redefining Diva: Life Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl.
“The Power of Progress: Historical Images of African Americans in Film, Television and Theatre” was the culminating event for PECO’s celebration of African American History Month.