CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF SERVICE AND ACTION
B-PEP is primarily a volunteer organization which relies upon the dedication of people who donate an incredible number of hours to an organization that they truly believe in because of its ability to “uplift” our communities by providing “hope” and a sense of purpose and empowerment.
We Hope You Love it as Much as We Do! After All, It's for You!
Yes, We Have Re-Launched Our Site!
"As we attempt to recover from possibly the most intense and bizarre presidential election any of us have ever witnessed, B-PEP must continue to focus on what we can do in the Pittsburgh area to improve our lives."
"Let's get past any grief any of us might have and get back to work."
As many of you already know, the 2016 election has resulted in Donald J. Trump as our new president elect. This has left us all torn with some being upset about the result and others content. Despite all the controversy, we are still a team and want you all to know that regardless of anything, we are here for you.
We are B-PEP, and we have made a pledge to not only protect one another, but to empower one another, VOTE in EACH and EVERY election! And for those of you who may view this election as a setback, let this ignite your passion to continue the civil rights & human rights struggle! Like Tim Stevens has said, the work MUST continue.
For those of you may still be reeling from the recent election results, you must keep in mind that it doesn't mean anything if we still have each other. We must keep working, keep pushing, and keep fighting just as hard or even harder just as we have in the past to reach the promise land the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used to speak about. In times of doubt just remember his words, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
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Gone Too Soon:
Michael DeVaughn Taylor
Michael DeVaughn Taylor, 41, of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away unexpectedly on January 6, 2017. Michael was born on January 3, 1976 in Pittsburgh, PA to Celeste Taylor and Michael Cain.
Michael attended Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA) in Pittsburgh and George Junior Republic in Grove City, PA. He attended the culinary program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) prior to graduating from Pennsylvania Culinary Institute with a love of culinary arts. Michael was employed at Mad Mex for many years. Most recently, he worked at Conflict Kitchen and E2.
Michael’s favorite pastimes were spent with his friends and family, especially his two young sons. Many of his friends and family knew him as Miguel or Knuckles. His grandmother affectionately called him “Wick.” Michael enjoyed social gaming, especially Magic the Gathering, long boarding, and music, including being a percussionist. Michael was a kind, thoughtful man with a deep passion for peace and justice. Michael was raised as a Quaker and was a long time member of the Pittsburgh Friends Meeting.
In addition to his parents, Michael is survived by two sons, DeVaughn Taylor and Damian Taylor; former wife and mother of his children, Renee SeeTaylor; three brothers, Chuck McCurdy, Hunter McCurdy and Forrest (Nicole) McCurdy; a stepfather, Charles H. McCurdy; two uncles, Donald Taylor and Marlon Taylor. Michael was loved dearly by his entire family, including several close cousins.
Michael was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Gwendolyn Taylor Spriggs; three uncles, James Taylor, Keith Taylor and Darryl Taylor. Cremation services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will be held at House of Manna, 7240 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. A repast will immediately follow the memorial service. Another memorial service will be held at the Pittsburgh Friends Meeting on Saturday, February 25, 2017. More details to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the DeVaughn and Damian Taylor College Fund. The fund is being established at the Poise Foundation located at Two Gateway Center, Suite 1700, 603 Stanwix Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 and on the internet at www.poisefoundation.org.
Our prayers and best wishes go out to all of Michael's family and friends.
Have Some Extra Time?
We are in need of 10 VOLUNTEERS for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
African American Achievement Trust Collective Focus 2017 College Talk Show on Tuesday, February 21st
At University Prep School and Thursday, February 23rd at Westinghouse School from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The College Talk Show is designed to replicate a real talk show, exposing students to important
information about college and the college experience through input from college experts.
Through humor, students speedily gain the information they need about college to make informed decisions.
We are seeking enrolled undergraduate students, recent graduates, administrators, and professors to participate in this activity.
To sign up, or if you have any questions feel free to call us at: