Governor Corbett recognized African American leaders who made a difference in their community. The event was part of Black History Month.
Corbett honored people from across the state, ranging from educators to a doctor.
The five honorees were nominated by members of the Governor Advisory Commission on African American Affairs. Their ceremony coincides with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln, a turning point in the civil war and the end of slavery.
One of the honorees, Cassandra Vaughn, is from Harrisburg. She was recognized for her work with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. "It was awesome. I feel so honored and humbled to be recognized for something I do because I love it, and to make a positive impact in kids lives."