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Black History Month events focus on past, present, future of black life

Rep. K. Leroy Irvis, former speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, delivers an address during the commissioning of the nuclear-powered attack submarine U.S.S. Pittsburgh.

By Grace Giglio, For The Pitt News

February 21, 2020

The organizers of this year’s Black History Month celebrations decided to honor the first and only black speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by naming the festivities after K. Leroy Irvis.

Trustees elect new members, rename Pennsylvania Hall

Pennnsylvania Hall was renamed to K. Leroy Irvis Hall at the Board of Trustees June 30 meeting. (Photo via Creative Commons)

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

July 5, 2017

Pitt’s Board of Trustees elected four new members, approved construction projects and renamed Pennsylvania Hall at their June 30 meeting. Pennsylvania Hall — which has held that name since its construction in 2004 — is now named K. Leroy Irvis Hall to honor K. Leroy Irvis, a Pitt alumnus and ...

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