Pre-Game Blog: Steelers vs. Titans

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Inspiring change: The Steelers are celebrating the NFL’s social justice campaign, “Inspire Change,” this week when they face the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field.

As part of the campaign, the Steelers will present the “Inspire Change” awards to two community leaders, Alma Speed ​​Fox and Jerrel Gilliam.

Fox is a civil and human rights activist who became active with the Pittsburgh branch of the NAACP in the 1950s, participating in every Freedom Corner march since its inception in the 1960s. She has served as the executive director of the NAACP ( 1966-1971) and Head of Equal Opportunity in the Eastern Region for the US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines (1971-1983). Ms. Fox also served on the Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission (1972-2002).

She still remains active in the community as Executive Vice President of Freedom Unlimited, which she co-founded in 1968, and is a member of the Boards of Directors of the NAACP and Gwen’s Girls.

Gilliam is the executive director of the Light of Life Rescue Mission, an organization he started volunteering with in 2014. Gilliam’s social work began when he worked as a paramedic in the Hill District in the 1980s and he realized he wanted to tackle the underlying issues. that can trickle down to the community before they start.

Gilliam served as a pastor at Covenant Church in Pittsburgh and senior pastor at Shiloh Church in South Park, where her parents also served. He has also served as President of Mosaic Sound, providing advisory services to churches and faith-based organizations for the past 14 years.

Learn more about Inspire Change from the team.

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