Black History Month, 2018 January 23, 2018 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Proclamations WHEREAS, Black History Month grew out of the establishment, in 1926, of Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History; andWHEREAS, the national theme for this year’s observance is “African Americans in Times of War;” andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is home to nearly 1.5 million African Americans currently and, throughout history, many have played significant roles in Pennsylvania’s economic, cultural, spiritual and political development while working tirelessly to maintain and promote their culture and history; andWHEREAS, many African American historical firsts happened in Pennsylvania: in 1787, prominent religious leaders Richard Allen and Absalom Jones organized the Free African Society, one of the first black mutual aid societies anywhere, the Philadelphia Colored Female Free Produce Society boycotted products produced by slave labor and exerted economic pressure on slave states, and, in 1838, William Whipper founded The National Reformer, the first black newspaper in the state; andWHEREAS, African Americans in Pennsylvania served as conductors on the Underground Railroad, fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and worked in the shipyards in Philadelphia, the coal and steel industries in Steelton and Pittsburgh, and the railroad industry in Erie and Harrisburg; andWHEREAS, the commonwealth is proud to honor the history and contributions of African Americans in our state and throughout the nation.THEREFORE, in recognition of African Americans past and present in our commonwealth, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim February 2018 to be BLACK HISTORY MONTH. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to celebrate this important observance and to continue to work toward the goal of liberty and justice for all.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this tenth day of January two thousand eighteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.TOM WOLFGovernorRead full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Governor Wolf Proclamation — Black History Month 2018 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has lodged an appeal against his six-year ban from football for ethics violations, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on Thursday.The Lausanne-based organisation said the 80-year-old Swiss wanted to overturn last month’s decision by the appeals committee of world football’s ruling body FIFA.Blatter and Michel Platini, president of European football’s governing body UEFA, were banned over a payment of two million Swiss francs ($2 million) made by FIFA to the Frenchman in 2011, with Blatter’s approval, for work done a decade earlier.Both men have denied any wrong-doing. Blatter has vowed to “go to the end of my life to show that I’m innocent”.Platini filed a similar appeal against his suspension earlier this month. CAS said Blatter and FIFA’s appeals committee would exchange written submissions, with a three-arbitrator panel to be created before a hearing is held.FIFA is seeking to turn the page on a long-running scandal that escalated in 2015 when police swooped on a luxury Zurich hotel to arrest football officials accused by US federal prosecutors of corruption.Dozens of people have since been charged in investigations that have spanned five continents. Swiss Gianni Infantino, the former UEFA general secretary, was elected president of FIFA last month and pledged to refocus the organisation on football rather than corruption and litigation.