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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 4, 2015 02:25 PM
From: Representative Leslie Acosta
To: All House members
Subject: Black History Month Recognition of Frances Aulston
I will introduce a resolution to honor and recognize the work, activism, leadership, and courage of Ms. Frances P. Aulston, Philadelphia, PA.

Briefly, Ms. Aulston is a seasoned community leader and activist. As an educator and cultural historian she, in collaboration with several Philadelphia artists, established the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (WPCA) in 1984. The WPCA’s primary mission is to cultivate interest and support of the arts. The WPCA also works to increase the visibility of Philadelphia’s cultural resources. As President and CEO of the WPCA, Ms. Aulston has collaborated with numerous organizations, government agencies, institutions, and academia to promote the arts and local artists, build a community through the arts, and promote positive social change. Consequently, the WPCA, under Ms. Aulston’s leadership, has become one of the most respected cultural and community organizations in the City.

Ms. Aulston was instrumental in preserving the legacy of Paul Leroy Robeson, Esq. She initiated a campaign to have Mr. Robeson’s West Philadelphia home designated as a historic landmark. As a result of Ms. Aulston’s steadfast commitment to preserving Mr. Robeson’s legacy, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission declared The Paul Robeson House a historical landmark in 1991. The Paul Robeson House is also designated as a National Historical Site in the National Register of Historic Places, and is eligible for National Landmark Status. Due to Ms. Aulston’s leadership and hard work, The Paul Robeson House is expected to be the most historically significant property associated with Mr. Robeson in the United States.

During the celebration of Black History Month 2015, I think it is more than appropriate that the House of Representatives recognize Ms. Frances P. Aulston for her lifelong commitment to the arts and social change. Accordingly, I thank you in advance for joining me as a sponsor of this resolution.

Introduced as HR90