Press Release: Senator Casey Honors Manchester Bidwell Corporation CEO Bill Strickland to Commemorate Black History Month

US Senate Proclamation Recognizes Strickland’s Contributions to His Community, the Nation, and as a Visionary Social Innovator

WASHINGTON, DC and PITTSBURGH, PA ­ – February 12, 2013 – ­ To commemorate Black History Month, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that he would be honoring William E. “Bill” Strickland, Jr. on February 25th. Strickland is being recognized for his journey from disadvantaged minority in the civil rights era to social innovator and Founder, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC). Strickland¹s organization, which began in 1968 in Pittsburgh, combines adult career training, youth arts education, and social enterprise in a positive educational and emotional environment. This powerful fusion has a proven record of giving disadvantaged youth and adults the opportunities and skills they need to build a better future by removing social and economic barriers to success.

“Bill Strickland has been a strong leader in the Pittsburgh business
community for over 40 years,” said Senator Casey. “His own life has
inspired others to make a positive difference in this world. By honoring
Bill, we express our gratitude for his work and for the innovative
educational and cultural opportunities he created that have empowered
thousands of youth and adults.”

Throughout Strickland¹s distinguished career, he has been honored with
numerous prestigious awards for his contributions to the arts and the
community, including the MacArthur “Genius” award. He is the author of
Making the Impossible Possible, which includes his story of how a kid from
a disadvantaged neighborhood in Pittsburgh would go on to lecture at
Harvard and serve on the board of the National Endowment of the Arts. He
is also founder of the GRAMMY® Award­winning MCG Jazz program, one of the
most successful jazz subscription series in the United States. In 2010,
President Obama appointed Strickland to the bipartisan White House Council
for Community Solutions. In 2011, Strickland was awarded the international
GOI Peace Award because of his outstanding contributions toward the
realization of a peaceful and harmonious world for humanity and all life
on earth.

Following his speech on the Senate floor, Senator Casey will host a
symposium to discuss Strickland¹s contributions to the Pittsburgh
community, the nation, and as a visionary social innovator whose simple
philosophy‹environment shapes people¹s lives‹has been a catalyst for a
proven model for innovation and success in education. Strickland¹s
pedagogical model has spread beyond Pennsylvania and is having a
significant impact in a growing number of communities across the country.
Currently, five MBC-affiliated centers are operational, at least two more
will open in 2013, and many more are being planned in cities across the US.

“I am humbled by this honor and hope it leads more people to recognize
what an impact one hopeful person can have on a struggling community,”
says Strickland.

For more information about Bill Strickland and Manchester Bidwell


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6 Responses to Press Release: Senator Casey Honors Manchester Bidwell Corporation CEO Bill Strickland to Commemorate Black History Month

  1. It was a real pleasure to finally meet Bill Strickland in Meadville at Allegheny College. I have admired Mr. Strickland and his work ever since he spoke at the Crystal Cathedral several years ago. His enthusiasm and passion for improving the lives of children is contagious. Men like Bill deserve to be heard much more often than those whose lives have led them down a negative path…yet it is just the opposite. Thank God for Bill Strickland, he sees every cup as ‘full’.

  2. says:

    Yes, we do need to hear from men with his character more often.

  3. Denise Cecilia Neal says:

    We need his help in Santa Monica, Compton and Los Angeles–how can we reach him directly? We would like to replicate centers here!

  4. says:

    Here is their information:

    Manchester Bidwell Corporation
    1815 Metropolitan Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15233

    Telephone: 412-323-4000
    Fax: 412-321-2120

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