CIC Philadelphia Celebrates Black History Month

Speakers at a Black History Month celebration at CIC

A strong innovation economy cannot thrive without diversity in entrepreneurship.

Towards our mission to support entrepreneurs in fixing the world, CIC’s goal is to continually work towards equity in entrepreneurship by uplifting all of our members, our communities, and providing access to key resources and opportunities to its innovators. 

In this spirit, CIC Philadelphia hosted a Black History Month celebration on February 27, 2019. Spoken word performances were accompanied by bites from Eatible Delights and Lokal Artisan Foods and booths featuring local businesses and art vendors from within the CIC community and beyond, including The Enterprise Center, Coded by Kids, Akwaaba, The Sex Exchange, Open Access Philly, and Higher Than 7.

Attendees at CIC Philadelphia Black History Month celebration
Attendees at CIC Philadelphia Black History Month celebration

“We believe in building strong community partnerships with local businesses, vendors, and creatives,” says Sally Guzik, Senior Community Engagement Lead at CIC Philadelphia. “Art is a powerful connector to our communities, and we are thankful to the Higher Than 7 team for sharing their talents and creativity with us.”

Located at 3675 Market Street, CIC Philadelphia is proud to call West Philadelphia home.

Featured local performers included:

Eli & Lu Bevins – The twins are a performing duo who won First Place in the CMF Hollywood Elfenworks Social Justice Film category in 2014 for their spoken word short, “Systematic Living.” They star in the phenomenal stage play Broken Tables and will be releasing a cinematic spoken word mixtape, Sound Mind, in Spring 2019.

Pastor Jul – From 2014 to 2016, Pastor Jul was part of the IUP Artistry Movement (I AM) at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2018, partook in the Steel City Grand Slam and placed fourth, earning him a spot on the Pittsburgh national slam team. He also starred in the phenomenal stage play Broken Tables.

Maverick The Poet – Hailing from North Philadelphia, Maverick The Poet is a poet, artist, and visual artist who delivers mind-bending, thought-provoking truth in his words and art. The winner of the Poetry vs. Hip Hop Show, Maverick’s poetry is inspired by his art design, and pain. His art work is a mixture of graffiti, realism, and bright colors.

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