Gov. Corbett Marks Black History Month, Honors Four Pennsylvanians

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today honored four Pennsylvanians for creating legacies that have improved the lives of others as part of the ninth annual Black History Month event.

The event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory commission on African American Affairs.

In a ceremony at the Capitol, Gov. Corbett recognized:

Renèe Amoore, president and founder of the Philadelphia-based Amoore Group, a collection of four companies begun by Ms. Amoore. She is the author of “The Elevator of Achievement: Determination Requires a Choice.” In 2004 she became the first African American woman to chair a Pennsylvania delegation to the Republican National Convention. She holds a degree in nursing from Harlem Hospital and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Antioch College in Antioch, Ohio.

Fredrick A. Clark, president and CEO of Clark Resources, a business development, government relations and marketing firm. A graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College, Mr. Clark also holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and has been named one of the top 50 African Americans in business by the U.S. Senate. He hosts a weekly talk show, “One on One With Fred Clark” and publishes the bi-weekly newsletter, “Urban Affairs with Fred Clark.”

Rod Doss, editor and publisher of The Pittsburgh Courier. Mr. Doss began with the Courier in 1967. As a veteran of one of the most renowned African American publications of the 20th Century, Mr. Doss leads a staff of 12 employees. He has previously been honored by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania with its Service to Journalism Award.

Robert W. Bogle, president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest newspaper serving the African American Community. He attended Cheyney State College – now Cheyney University of Pennsylvania – and the Wharton School of Business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently is chairman of the Cheyney council of trustees and is a member of the executive committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the boards of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Mann Music Center for the Performing Arts.

In recognizing the four honorees, Gov. Corbett praised the gathering as “a room full of talent.”

“Every person we honor today is someone who put their full faith and credit behind the idea that this country works,” Corbett said. “We are here to mark achievement and to honor people well deserving of honor not simply because of black history, but because of American history.”

Following the presentations, the honorees and their guests joined Gov. and Mrs. Corbett for a luncheon at the Governor’s Residence.

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