Amtrak Celebrates Black History Month

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  • February 18, 2014

Kimberly Woods

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America’s Railroad® hosting special events, exhibitions

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is honoring Black History Month with a wide range of events from award ceremonies and exhibitions to highlight the contributions of African-Americans to history and culture.

“Black History Month is a great time to not only reflect on the important contributions made by so many Americans, but it allows us the opportunity to dream and to learn,” said Darlene Abubakar, Senior Director of Amtrak’s National Advertising and Marketing Programs. “What is perhaps most exciting and gratifying about many of these celebrations is the extent to which numerous employee teams have worked hard to develop and execute these programs.”

A list of some of the special activities:

  • Washington Wizards Partnership: The Amtrak Pioneer Award will be presented during the Washington Wizards game on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center. The award recognizes local community leaders who have made a positive impact in the Washington, D.C., area.
  • African American Museum in Philadelphia: Amtrak is an annual “Partner Sponsor” of the African American Museum in Philadelphia during Black History Month and for the rest of 2014. Visitors to the museum’s website may link directly to to plan their travel.
  • Newark Museum: Amtrak is a sponsor of the museum’s Black History Month activities and events. Visit the website of the New Jersey museum for dates and times.
  • Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: Amtrak is the proud sponsor of Black History Month events at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum.
  • Baltimore Penn Station: The station will host a Black History Month exhibit and program on Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature guest speakers from the African-American community, the Reginald F. Lewis African-American Museum, Blacks in Wax Museum and the B&O Railroad Museum.
  • Seattle: Amtrak is a sponsor of the Les Schwab Shootout Event in February. This basketball tournament is for high school students who live in the Greater Seattle area.

For more information about these and other events, visit

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