Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2013 Spirit of King Award Honoree Announced

Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore will be honored Thursday, Jan. 10, at the 2013 Spirit of King Award Ceremony.

The Spirit of King Award, established in 1989 by the Kingsley Association, Port Authority of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Pirates, posthumously honors the lifetime achievements of local citizens who pursue human rights and equality in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday’s ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. at the Kingsley Center, located on Frankstown Avenue in East Liberty.

Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore was an educator, researcher and author who became a fierce advocate for disadvantaged students, working tirelessly to help African-Americans from low-income backgrounds succeed in school. In addition to working in the Chicago and Washington DC public school systems,
Dr. Sizemore taught and conducted research at the University of Pittsburgh for more than a decade.

Dr. Sizemore died in July 2004. Following her death, the Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professorship in Urban Education was established at Duquesne University.

For more information on Dr. Sizemore, as well as past Spirit of King honorees, visit Port Authority's Spirit of King Award webpage.