Governor Tom Corbett has appointed community leaders to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs.

The commission advises and makes recommendations to the governor on policies, procedures, legislation and regulations that affect the African-American community. It works to articulate and address the unique needs and issues of concerns of the African-American community.

“The history of African Americans in Pennsylvania reflects a diverse and unique blend of cultural, social and economic influences which have had, and continue to have, a beneficial impact on life in the commonwealth,” Corbett said.

The 18-member commission will be chaired by Karen Stokes, deputy director, Governor’s Southeast Regional Office.

“I think there is some work ahead, but I’m excited to be able to put together a really pretty neat group of people, who I think are going to have some interesting and different ideas about how the commonwealth can be more responsive to African Americans,” says Stokes.

The following have been named as commission members: Otto Banks, Dauphin County; Wayne Barnett, Philadelphia County; Rev. James Breese, Luzerne County; Fred Clark, Dauphin County; Elizabeth Dennis, Allegheny County; Evan Frazier, Allegheny County; Maurice Goodman, Philadelphia County; Rev. Terrence Griffith, Philadelphia County; Cathy Hardaway, Lackawanna County; Rodney Little, Philadelphia County; Sara Lomax Reese, Montgomery County; Marcia Perry, Dauphin County; Rev. Michael Robinson, Delaware County; Dr. Kiron Skinner, Allegheny County; Ronald Steele, Erie County; Bishop A.E. Sullivan Jr., Dauphin County and Floyd Titus, Allegheny County.

Members are appointed for a 2-year term and serve at the pleasure of the governor.

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